09 Oct 2017

A traditional warm welcome was the greeting Singapore’s Ronald Wee received when recently he arrive in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos.

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme in comjunction with the Asian Table Tennis Union, he was present to conduct a series of three courses: National Umpires, Basic Referees and Tournament Organization.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Proceedings commenced on Tuesday 24th September and concluded on Sunday 30th September.

“Sabaidee, the traditional greeting from the smiling Ms. Monthip Sananikom and Anousak Saythanith; they were at the airport to receive me. It was the beginning of a wonderful journey in Laos. Anything that is outside a 10 kilometre radius of the capital Vientiane is considered far. My hotel was within walking distance to the Olympic Hall where the courses were conducted. It was also home to all the sports federation of Laos.” Ronald Wee

Ronald Wee was welcomed by Ms Monthip Sananikom, known as Nou (Photo: courtesy of Ronald Wee)


A total of 12 students, seven men and 14 women attended, all being able to put theory into practice, testing their newly found skills by organizing a group of junior players.

The average age of the participants was 24 years old.

“Ms. Somchay Vongsa who is the Secretary General of Laos Table Tennis Federation is grooming some of these young participants for leadership roles. In conjunction with their Tourism Year celebration and as part of the leadership renewal, this group will be tasked with organizing next year International Youth and Master Tournament as well as their National Games.” Ronald Wee

Successful student and officials in Vientiane (Photo: courtesy of Ronald Wee)


All responded to the efforts of Ronald Wee, who certainly departed Vientiane in a positive frame of mind.

“I am confident that under her capable leadership, this group of young English speaking participants will rise up to the challenge to bring Laos table tennis to a new height.” Ronald Wee

Progress in Laos, a most worthwhile course was completed.

Time to relax (Photo: courtesy of Ronald Wee)
High Performance and Development Coaching Ronald Wee