Oct 29, 2013, 10:43 AM
The rejuvenated Gambia Table Tennis Association is currently benefiting from 11-day table tennis course at the Independence Stadium table tennis hall in Bakau, which kicked-off on Saturday.
Ramou Ortega Montes, a Spanish national working for the international table tennis association as a development expert arrived in the country on Friday, where he is expected to help Gambian table tennis players to conduct training camp, as well as tournament.
This will help the participants develop their skills, as well as help the association on how to organise table tennis tournament at both national and international levels, says Montes, who is expected to spend five days with the players on training camp and 3 days in the tournament organisation course before the end of his stay in Banjul.
Montes who has accumulated a wealth of experience in table tennis is so far impressed with the level of commitment, as well as the performance of participants who are currently taking part in this worthy course in a bid to be exposed to both national and international standards.
The 40-year-old Spanish national himself a formidable table tennis player during his playing days before deciding to become a coach believed such a training camp and tournament orgnisation course will go a very long way towards helping Gambian table tennis association organise a high-profile tournament in the near future.
Montes who is also understood to have been a competition manager added "I saw the players and I think it is the same level as other table tennis players in other countries I visited before, which goes to show how good they are."
The course is part of the association's effort to select the best 2 players to represent the association in the upcoming Commonwealth games in India, if the words of the Public Relations Officer of the Table Tennis Association, Ndey Busso are anything to lean on.
The course is expected to wrap-up on 11th at the Sea View Hotel.
The course is no doubt a very good initiative by the international table tennis association, which will go a long way towards strengthening the rejuvenated table tennis in the country, who are looking forward to re-adjust their chemistry in a bid to catch up with other leading sports in the country.