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Table tennis wants international coach, needs funding

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

THE Fiji Table Tennis Association is hoping to secure funding so they can bring in an international coach to help with the development of the sport in the country.

Last week, before the Fiji Open Championship, FTTA hosted a camp where former Fiji coach Terje Dahl conducted clinics with local players.

Dahl now runs a table tennis academy in Australia and he said Fiji needed a good coach to hone the talent here.

Association president Anthony Ho said there was a lot of talent and this was evident in the large number of young participants in the Kasabias Fiji Open.

He said players had the passion and the skills to play but they needed a good coach to make sure they develop their talents in the right way.

"We have a lot of junior players who love to play the sport but we don't have a good coach at the moment," Ho said.

"We don't have top coaches in Fiji so we would like to get international coaches to come and work with our players," he said.

"With the right guidance, these young players could become the champions they want to be."

He said the biggest setback for the sport in the country was the availability of funds.

"As you know this is a minor sport in the country so it's not easy to secure funding.

"If we have enough funding, we would be able to do what we want to do to lift the profile of the sport.

"One of these things is getting an international coach and we are hoping to secure some funding to be able to do that," Ho said.


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