by Ian Marshall, Editor
Overall, a total of ten boys and nine girls participated alongside seven coaches; an additional three players, all 15 years of age assisted. Each day, two training sessions were organized, the first from 9.00am to 12.00 noon, the second from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
A most comprehensive programme was the order of proceedings; balance, control and movement being the starting point in the itinerary, followed by service and receive.
“The players had to concentrate on accurately placing the ball on the table, maintaining balance and adopting correct footwork. Later, the schedule was designed to increase the speed of play. Additionally, the young boys and girls also practised how to service and how to return services, push, half long, and backspin. We also practised how to return fast attacking play.” Parinya Nonsagate
Every practice and the reasons were explained in detail; matches starting at 8-all being a feature of the itinerary.
“We observed the progress and improvement made by each young player, the coaching team and the young practice partners were helpful and worked as a team. I would like to thank all participants and especially the Table Tennis Association of Kyrgyz Republic for their hospitality and friendship. We will further develop and progress together. Thank you very much again. ” Parinya Nonsagate
A positive response from all concerned, the Challenge tournament bringing proceedings to a close.
Notably Iran emerged successful. Raza Shariaty and Tara Souri won the respective boys’ singles and girls’ singles events. Impressively Raza Shariaty remained unbeaten throughout; one defeat against her name, Tara Souri finished level on matches won with Kazakhstan’s Victoria Mochalkina and Alissa Tsvigun; games ratio secured top spot.