by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
A total of 16 coaches, all men from different governorates of Egypt attended; notable names included prominent local coaches Sayed Metwaly, Hisham Abd Elaal and Mohamed Sabry, alongside former international player Mohamed Saleh.
Similar to the ITTF/PTT Level One Course, the venue was the International Bowling Centre, the premises being made available thanks to the director, Major General Nasser Ghaly. He advised that he is pleased to offer any possible assistance and is delighted to host table tennis events whether training camps, tournaments or courses.
Notably, a welcome visitor was Dr Samir El Beltagy Head of the Cairo area; he wished all the coaches success.
“The Cairo area is characterized by many clubs and coaches of the highest level, so the region is ready to organize any activities to help develop table tennis.” Dr Samir El Beltagy
Dr Samir El Beltagy was present alongside Moataz Ashour, President of the Egyptian Table Tennis Federation. Likewise, he stated his support for events that promote and develop table tennis in the country.
He confirmed that the new Board of Directors is designing plans to cover the areas of refereeing, coaching, management and organisation in addition to preparing players for the ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup to be staged in Nairobi, Kenya from Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd March and the Liebherr World Team Championships to be held in Halmstad, Sweden from Sunday 29th April to Sunday 6th May.
“Thank you to the Cairo area, the Egyptian Table Tennis Federation and the International Table Tennis Federation, especially the Development and Education Programme which is making a great effort to develop table tennis in the world, thanks to all.” Mohamed Gharib
A successful initiative, seven coaches qualified for ITTF Level Three.