08 Oct 2017

Staged at India Community Center (ICC) Table Tennis premises in Milpitas, California; the “China in North America” initiative commenced on Thursday 5th October.

A total of 16 young players from the United States and eight from Canada are present for the five day programme.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Proceedings are under the direction of Jörg Bitzigeio, the USA Table Tennis High Performance Coach alongside leading coaches from the Chinese National Team; administering the programme is Gordon Kaye, the Chief Executive of USA Table Tennis.

“It is such an honour for USATT to be hosting the Chinese Junior National Team for this exciting training camp as part of the ITTF’s China in North America initiative. In elite table tennis, the Chinese are known globally not just for their dominance at World and Olympic levels but also for their high level of training and discipline. We are excited for our talented young players to learn and train with the best in the world. I extend a sincere thanks to the Chinese Table Tennis Association, the International Table Tennis Federation, ITTF-North America, the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee, Capital Plastics and the ICC Table Tennis Center for providing our athletes with this opportunity.” Gordon Kaye

Notably when matters conclude in Milpitas, a further week will be staged in Markham, Toronto from Wednesday 11th to Tuesday 17th October; eight players from the United States will attend alongside a group of Canadian players

“We see these training camps as a foundation of building a stronger working relationship between North America and the Chinese National Team. We have a group of very talented young athletes who are the future of USATT and want to provide them with a pathway for success in the long-term.”Jörg Bitzigeio

The Chinese is party is led by Liu Wei and He Xiao, the coaches being Yu Yang and Li Dacheng; the players are Quan Kaiyuan, Yang Shuo, Yuan Licen, Guo Yuhan and Zhang Binyue.

High Performance and Development Athletes Gordon Kaye Jörg Bitzigeio