16 Apr 2018

Home for the World Junior Championships in 2011, more recently, Manama the capital of Bahrain, was the home for a rather different meeting.

Supported by Olympic Solidarity, organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme, an ITTF Level Two Coach Education Course was staged; proceedings commenced on Sunday 1st April and concluded on Sunday 8th April.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

The course conductor was Algeria’s Karima Tellaa, who in 2017 had led an ITTF/PTT Level One Course for Women in Bahrain; locally matters were organised in a most professional and efficient manner by Mrs. Shiekha Hayat Al Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Table Tennis Association and Mr. Fareed Kazerooni, the Executive Director.

A total of 16 students were present in the Federal Hall, four of the members being female; overall the group comprising physical education teachers, coaches and current players.

“During my stay, I was impressed as before by the warm welcome, the hospitality and the great generosity of the Bahrainis. The training took place over seven days and included both theory and practical sessions; the eighth day was devoted to examinations, both theoretical and practical.” Karima Tellaa.

Karima Tellaa (far right) conducts a theory session)


Notably, as with all courses that Karima Tellaa has conducted for the ITTF Development Programme, the students were responded to her efforts.

“The trainees were motivated and very involved especially the four physical education teachers who followed the training with great attention and seriousness; their sole purpose was to highlight and transmit their knowledge to promote the practice of table tennis in their schools.” Karima Tellaa

An intense itinerary completed, matters concluded with a splendid closing ceremony in which certificates were awarded to all participants. Alongside Mrs. Sheikha Hayat, notable names in attendance were Mr. Nabil Taha, Director of the Olympic Academy of Bahrain, Mr. Said Al Arradi, Sport Expert in the Olympic Academy of Bahrain and Mrs. Meriem Mardanah, Head of Olympic Solidarity Service.

“The speech made by Ms. Sheikha Hayat at the closing ceremony was one of great importance; she stressed the value of such courses and the need to work alongside international experts. My thanks to all who attended; they made the course a success.” Karima Tellaa

A convivial end to proceedings, a successful initiative completed.

The now mandatory selfie 


High Performance and Development Coaching Karima Tellaa