February 15, 2018

Participants in Yap celebrating a successful course. (Photo: Courtesy 2018 MicroGames)

2018 MicroGames Press Release

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.

“We’re still in need of more umpires and volunteers,” Wuertz added. “It’s a fast paced, exciting game for everyone who gets involved.” Free training will be provided prior to the 2018 Micro Games at the Yap Sports Complex for anyone interested in learning more about the sport and how to become an umpire. For more information and to sign up, contact Castro Joab at 2018MicroGames@gmail.com.

 

(press release published in full without edits)