Olympic Solidarity Courses Accelerated – TBEN

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One of the goals of Olympic Solidarity for the programs is to contribute to the training and technical level of coaches, enabling them to further support the development of their athletes and their sport.

The Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA), through the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC), was one of the first MAs to show an interest in hosting. After a break from its development activities, the MA thought it was an opportune time not only to increase the number of coaches at the grassroots level, but also to motivate and bring more people into the sport. Thirty coaches attended the technical training, which was held from June 19 to 25, 2022, led by Ahmed Dawlatly (EGY). For the first time in the association’s history, the training was held in Letlhakane, a city located 492 km from the capital Gaborone.

The MA President, Mr. Kudzanani Motswagole, expressed his thanks to the NOC and OS for accepting their request, along with ITTF for sending an expert to conduct the activity.

“Botswana and the table tennis family would like to thank the IOC, BNOC and ITTF for this opportunity. We are committed to this program and other ITTF initiatives to improve the development and participation of table tennis in the country. In our quest to spread the sport, we decided to organize this course outside the city to provide coaches who are unable to travel long distances the opportunity to attend such training sessions.”

The technical course also included 2 days of Course Conductor’s training where 5 participants qualified. Three of these participants were rated as National Course Conductors.

In Kazakhstan, from July 7-16, 2022, an OS ITTF-PTT level 1 and training camp was held at the ADD Table Tennis Center in Almaty, a state-of-the-art training center with an integrated hotel, which facilitates the movement of participants during the course.

Mohamad Atoum, ITTF Participation Manager, led the course, which was fully attended by 30 participants (21 men, 9 women). All participants were enthusiastic and motivated to learn during the 10 intense working days.

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During the first five days, basic skills and teaching methods for beginners were discussed. The level of the course was consistently high thanks to fruitful discussions and exchange of experiences. A training camp was then organized with the support of student and junior national coach Yevgeniy Timchenko, who assisted in designing the training camp plan with the aim of giving trainees the opportunity to apply their acquired skills. 27 players took part in the camp, divided by level into groups, and the coaches guide a number of players so that the goals are achieved and the players improve according to the plans.

TIMCHENKO Yevgeniy (National Team Head Coach Juniors) “I have participated in several ITTF development projects and always with very good and professional experts. Every time you get interesting and useful information, sometimes you get confirmation of the knowledge and views, but sometimes you change your mind. This coaching course was very good, all coaches were involved in the learning process, the atmosphere was very friendly and positive. The coaches of different ages did the exercises on and off the table with great enthusiasm. I am sure that we will all use the knowledge and skills we have gained during the course and this will apply to the overall table tennis development in our country. With the busy schedule, the time passed very quickly and now the other coaches, who have heard about the ITTF activity in July, are asking when the next activity is scheduled and how to attend it.”

“I would like to thank the Table Tennis Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan for their efforts to make this possible and Yelena Druzhkova, the Head of Participation, for helping and facilitating everything during the course, I believe that the group of coaches who are present to develop table tennis in the country and introduce good players in the near future.” Mohamad Atoum, ITTF Participation Manager

Lesotho Table Tennis Association (LeTTA) next hosted an OS activity, another ITTF-PTT Level 1 Coaching Course. The activity was held in Maseru from July 11 – 15, 2022. Twenty-nine coaches attended the event, 11 of which were women – a 38% representation exceeding the recommended 30% for organizing such an activity.

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In his welcome speech, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Olympic Committee of Lesotho, Mr. Morake Raleaka, emphasized that the LNOC is ready to assist the MA by whatever means it has under its control to ensure sports development initiatives as intended by the MA. Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) Chairman Mr. Lits’itso Mots’eremeli indicated that it is high time that table tennis was played in the rural areas. He applauded the MA’s efforts to invite participants from all districts of the country to ensure the funds go to all those players.

Among the various programs offered through Olympic Solidarity, the ITTF enthusiastically supports the “Development of the National Sports System”. The main objective of this program is to develop and strengthen basic coaching structures and related sports systems through a medium or long term action plan. Paraguay is one of the first Member Associations to benefit from DNSS this year. The detailed program plan was prepared and three visits by Carlos Esnard, ITTF Participation Officer, were agreed with the MA of Paraguay to start its implementation. The first phase was scheduled from July 12 to 20 and included the ITTF-PTT Level 1 coaching course with 17 participants over 5 days, a training camp with the participation of 13 players preparing to participate in the South American Sports Organization Games (ODESUR ) 2022 in October 2022. In addition, several hours of educational sessions and meetings were organized with MA officials and staff after the coaching and practice time. The main topics discussed were the reorganization of the MA structure, the development of procedures and protocols, as well as the development of the detailed short-term action plan that will be monitored and followed up at the next visit.

“This first visit from the ITTF expert has given us a realistic approach to where we are and where to focus our efforts in the coming months, we will restructure our entire work system and implement all the expert’s recommendations” Benjamin Real – Vice- president of the MA Paraguay and treasurer of the OCP.

The next two visits are scheduled for Aug 30-Sept 9 and November 21-30 – there’s a lot of work to be done and more to be done to take Paraguay table tennis to the next level.

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From July 23-28, 2022, Oman welcomed participants to the country’s first OS-ITTF Level 2 coaching course, led by Karima Tellaa (ALG). Both theoretical and practical sessions took place at the sports complex Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, impeccably organized by board member Mohammed Al Jassasi and Adil Al Balushi, secretary general OTTF (Oman Table Tennis Federation).

“The coaches were motivated and very involved, they followed the training with a lot of attention and seriousness. They were excited to apply everything they had learned from this training and put their new knowledge into practice in the field with their club players.” Karima Tellaa (ALG), ITTF expert

“The theoretical and technical sessions were completely helpful for all coaches to increase our information and skills to train the players. The six days of training included a lot of discussion between the participants and the ITTF expert who shared with us all her experience as a player and as a coach.” Badar Al Shandoud, student.

The next Olympic Solidarity supported ITTF-PTT Level 1 Coaching Course and Training Camp will take place in Kosovo from August 18-28, 2022.

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