by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Overall, a total of 20 students from 16 countries have enrolled, the initiative having connected more than 20 recognised universities, institutes and academies worldwide.
“The main theme of the second year practical week was “Methodology and basic training principles of coaching high performance players”, which has included topics dealing with both technical, tactical and conditioning aspects of training high performance table tennis athletes.” Goran Munivrana
Notably present was Richard Prause, Sports Director of the German Table Tennis Association and Jasna Rather, who when known by her maiden name Jasna Fazlic, was Women’s Doubles bronze medallist with Gordana Perkucin at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. She is currently the Para Programme Director for USA Table Tennis, as well as at the Texas Wesleyan University head coach. Also present top complete the illustrious names was Zoran Djokic, an expert on physical conditioning fotable tennis.
The students who attended were: Vasiliki Fragou (Greece), Matas Skucas (Lithuania), Soma Fekete (Hungary), Jovan Stojsin (Serbia), Alejandro Aponte (Venezuela),Bjarni Bjarnason (Iceland), Wisanu Wattayawong (Thailand), Steve Riley (Fiji), Jason Luini (Italy), Erik Ansnes (Norway), Dominique Plattner (Austria), David Oresnik (Slovenia), Tomislav Kolarek (Croatia), Patrik Rosc (Slovenia).