by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
A total of 20 participants are present, including athletes and coaches, the meeting follows the successful Hopes Training Camp that Lincon Yasuda led last year in Santiago, Chile.
“My first experience as an expert for a Hopes Week was in Peru, as an assistant to Eva Jeler; then in Chile I was the head coach. It was a very rewarding experience. There were many discussions about how we can produce players who will become the next Hugo Calderano. At these training camps there is a great deal of energy; for me they are very motivating.” Lincon Yasuda
Most certainly, Lincon Yasuda is relishing the challenge presented in Asuncion.
“I have the impression that I did a good job in Chile. If I was asked again it means everyone was happy with my work. It’s really a great honour to be able to represent the ITTF and to be able to help both players and coaches.” Lincon Yasuda
A most important factor for Lincon Yasuda is that players have a good basis from which they can improve o that when they return to their clubs they can build on the foundations laid.
“My goal is to leave a message, a philosophy of how one should return to their country and continue training day by day. We will work in two periods, the first four days will be the hardest; the fifth day will be quieter, a slightly lower pace considering that on the last day will have the competition.” Lincon Yasuda
The work has begun and in earnest.