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.