Table Tennis Coaches Undergo Training

Table Tennis Coaches Undergo Training

By: Agnes Tarr

As part of the many moves to improve the game of Table Tennis across the country, several coaches of the Liberia National Table Tennis Association (LNTTA) are ongoing an eight-day Level-2 Training Course.  The Level-2 training course is an advanced training course for table tennis coaches worldwide, and is being organized for LNTTA coaches by the world tennis body; the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). It can be recalled that Liberia completed the Level-1 Training Course in 2007.

The ongoing training, which is being held at the headquarters of LNTTA at the Sports Commission on Broad Street in Monrovia, will come an end on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The President of LNTTA, Mr. Amos Korvah, said ‘the training program is aimed at boosting the sports of Table Tennis in the country’.

Korvah disclosed that the ongoing training is being attended by 12 local coaches and two international coaches in persons of Ajayi Samson and Yves Ndizeye from Nigeria and Rwanda respectively.  The LTTA President noted that Liberia stands the chance to benefit many things from the world table tennis governing body; ITTF following the training.

“This training is very much important, because Liberia stands a chance to benefit lots of things.  as a result of this training. ‘The International Table Tennis Federation will treat us at different level in the game of table tennis. More besides, we will be able to get support in some direction, which we were not able to receive because we had not reached this mark’, he stated.

“After this program, there will be lots of international exchanges that we can benefit from. Our coaches will have the opportunity to participate in other international games”, he further noted. Korvah described the training as a blessing for Liberia owing to the fact that the country was selected among many countries for the training.

“We can’t be operating on level one. We needed to move a step forward, and the level two training is a step forward,” he indicated. The LNTTA boss called on the general public to support the game, which according to him, has been struggling over the years due to lack of support.

Korvah said the association has in its own weak way been trying to improve the lives of many young Liberians through the game of table tennis, but support towards the game has been a major issue. He is therefore calling on the Liberian government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports to give priority to the sport.

“Football is not the only sport in Liberia. There are other sports such as the one we are involved with, but we aren’t getting support like football. We need to give our youth the chance so that they can turn their attention to other sports. We need to rally around the children in other sports,” he concluded. The ongoing training is being conducted by ITTF Egyptian Technical Expert Ahmed Aly Ahmed Eldawlatly.

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