17 May 2018

Present at the recent Liebherr 2018 World Team Championships in the Swedish resort of Halmstad as a member of the Referees Team, more recently for Egypt’s Mohamed Bassyoni, there was a somewhat different task to be completed nearer home.

He was the expert on duty in Sudan from Thursday 10th to Monday 14th May to conduct an International Umpires Course.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Both in terms of experience and geographical location, Mohamed Bassyoni, quiet and caring in demeanour, was very much the obvious choice; amongst many other countries, Sudan borders Egypt.

Organised by the Sudan National Olympic Committee, a total of 15 students, of whom five were women, attended; the course being extremely valuable for the region of north east Africa.

Neighbouring Egypt is very much the leading nation in the continent when the sport of table tennis is concerned, not only with regards to the level of play; it is very much rich in officials. Outside the country’s boundaries there is a need to increase such numbers in order to facilitate the growth of the sport.

Currently, the national association boasts only two International Umpires. However that situation could well be about to change, the response Mohamed Bassyoni received indicated clearly that there is a high level of motivation for progress.

“All were enthusiastic, committed and hard working.” Mohamed Bassyoni

Throughout Mohamed Bassyoni received the support of members of the Sudan Table Tennis Federation; the gesture much appreciated.

Sudan - 2018 ITTF Umpires Course

Umpires and Referees