04 Jun 2019

The capital and largest city in the Brazilian state of Goiás, located in the south west of the country, Goiânia was the recent home for an ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches Course.

Organised under the auspices of ITTF High Performance and Development, proceedings commenced on Monday 27th May and concluded on Friday 31st May.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Overall, under the direction of the host nation’s Lincon Yasuda, a total of 30 players, 24 men and six women attended.

Notably one member of the group was Cazuo Matsumoto, for many years a stalwart of the Brazilian national team. In 2003, he played in the World Junior Championships; notably in 2006 in what was his very last match in the age group he won the under 21 men’s singles title at the ITTF World Tour Russian Open in St Petersburg. Later in 2009 he secured the men’s singles title at the Latin American Championships before, in 2013, becoming the first Latin American player to win an ITTF World Tour men’s singles title when he succeed in Spain.

Cazuo Matsumoto tries his skills at para play (Photo: courtesy of Lincon Yasuda)


Now he makes his first steps on the coaching ladder.

“There was a very warm welcome in Goiânia, Cazuo Matsumoto was the celebrity but most members of the group had huge experience as players and some were already working as coaches. Also there were some coaches who are working in the field of rehabilitation and had experience of para sport.” Lincon Yasuda

Lincon Yasuda takes a theory class (Photo: courtesy of Lincon Yasuda)


All responded positively to the efforts of Lincon Yasuda who in return was delighted with the response received.

“We had a week with good discussions about table tennis, a very interested group with a good level; it was possible to develop the course at a higher level.” Lincon Yasuda

Multi-ball training was a major aspect (Photo: courtesy of Lincon Yasuda)


A successful conclusion to proceedings in Goiânia; it was the latest stop of the Lincon Yasuda crusade. Additionally in recent times he has conducted similar courses in Belem, Joinville, Port Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Campo Grande.

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