Volunteers rally to officiate table tennis for 2018 Micro Games
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- Published: Friday, 02 March 2018 05:32
- Written by Bill Jaynes
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Colonia, Yap. Technical Training for Table Tennis was the topic of a 14-day workshop at the Yap Sports Complex February 11 – 25. Participants learned the technical aspects of the sport and gained coaching skills for the 2018 Micro Games taking place in Yap this summer. Supported by a $20,000 grant from the International Olympic Committee, the FSM National Olympic Committee hosted the training that was led by Patrick Wuertz, High Performance Officer of the International Table Tennis Federation - Oceania.
A former semi-professional table tennis player from Germany who now resides in Melbourne and specializes in the development of performance-orientated structures in sport and coaching education, Wuertz explained that the course includes the coaching skills to introduce the sport to beginners, the sport’s rules, tournament organization and competition formats, and information on para table tennis for disabled athletes. “The ITTF was founded in 1926,” he said, “and today it’s the only sport with national federations in 226 countries around the world." First played in Victorian England as an after-dinner parlor game among the upper class, it was introduced as an Olympic sport at the Olympics in 1988.