09 Feb 2018

Present time and again in the colours of her native Egypt; for Bacent Osman, from Saturday 20th to Wednesday 24th January, there was a new role for the former international.

She was the head coach at a Hopes Training Camp and Challenge staged in the Jordanian capital city of Amman; the venue for the proceedings being the El Yarmook Hall.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

A total of 18 players attended, 11 boys and seven girls, all born in either 2006 or 2007; in addition to Jordan, players represented the countries of Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.

Throughout Bacent Osman was assisted by eight coaches. All entered totally into the spirit of the occasion, being responsible each day for the stretching routines at the start of play. Two separate training sessions were held each day.

“Mr Fawwaz Elsharabi; President of Jordan Table Tennis Federation and West Asia Table Tennis Federation did a great job; he and his staff organized the camp and tournament really well. My special thanks to the coaches who helped me a lot during the camp, Dejan from Bahrain, Bandar Omeri and Naiim from Saudi Arabia, Abdallah Alhajri from Oman, Fahd Gubran from Yemen, Adham from Syria El Gamaan, Sonia from Qatar and Ghazal Hashem from Jordan.” Bacent Osman

Coaches with (fourth from left) Bacent Osman (Photo: courtesy of Bacent Osman)


Matters concluded with a two day Challenge tournament.

Yemen’s Ebrahim Gubran won the Boys’ Singles with Syria’s Abdallah Ezzo Ajaj in second place ahead of Saudi Arabia’s Abdallah Alzahrani. Meanwhile, Hend Zaza, like Abdallah Ezzo Ajaj emerged successful in the Girls’ Singles competition. She finished ahead of Jordan’s Asal Alkawaldeh and Batoul Basem.

Coaches with medallist at the close of proceedings (Photo: courtesy of Bacent Osman)
2018 ITTF Hopes Bacent Osman