by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Proceedings commenced with Dr. Shiro Matsuo, a former Chair of the JTTA Sports Science Committee, declaring the meeting open.
He was followed by Dr Miran Kondric, Chair of the ITTF Sports Science and Medical Committee, who addressed the subject “Where do our ideas for table tennis research come from?” A total of 10 research presentations followed.
“His lectures always encourage us and give hope. Although we were planning to have 20 minutes for each presentation, active discussion resulted in most presentations overrunning.” Dr. Shiro Matsuo
Later the subject of sport nutrition was addressed by Professor Michiyo Kimura. Presentations regarding the latest research in Japan were highlighted, including the effort being made by the Japanese Sports Nutrition Society and the Japanese Badminton National Team’s nutritional support organisation.
“There were a lot of questions from those who attended, we had very active discussions.” Dr. Shiro Matsuo
A most inspiring first day, on the second day there was a special lecture by Professor David Cabello from Granada University in Spain. He spoke on the subject “A Scientometric Study about Badminton applied to Sports Science.” Currently, he is working for the International Badminton Federation.
“The lecture was very interesting and we learned many things about badminton which, like table tennis, is also a racket sport. We promised co-operation in scientific research.” Dr. Shiro Matsuo
Further research presentations, as on the first day, followed.
“The meeting gave us a great deal of knowledge and motivated all of us. We will continue with international collaborative studies and will contribute to the development of table tennis by means of scientific research.” Dr. Shiro Matsuo
Matters concluded with Professor Kazuto Yoshida, the Chair of the JTTA Sport Science and Medicine Committee, expressing his gratitude, thanking all concerned.