Slovenian excellence, custom enhanced – Worldwide Desk Tennis Federation

By Ian Marshall

Add to the equation that you simply needed to postpone the event, which will likely be performed in Could 2020, to April 2021 after which once more, on this case to June 2021, because of the authorities’s lockdown laws, a most demotivating state of affairs. Not for Slovenia, quite the opposite, an awesome problem!

The Slovenian Nationwide Paralympic Committee (NPC) and the Slovenian Desk Tennis Affiliation (STTA) met all necessities and got here out with flying colours; the Paralympic World Qualification Event in Lasko, a well being resort within the east of the nation, from Thursday 3.approx till saturday 5the June, turned out to be a whole success.

Representing the ITTF Govt Committee on the occasion was Petra Sörling, Govt Vice-President for Para Desk Tennis:

I wish to thank the Slovenian NPC and the STTA for pushing the group of the occasion underneath such unprecedented circumstances. Not solely did it finish “Covid-free,” however above all it was an distinctive alternative for the para desk tennis household to fulfill once more fifteen months later.

From left to proper: Tomas Varga, Technical Delegate of the ITTF, HE Hiromichi Matsushima, Ambassador of Japan in Slovenia, Petra Sörling, Govt Vice-President of the ITTF, Gorazd Vecko, ITTF Para TT Committee, member, Pablo Perez, ITTF Para TT Supervisor, Tina Crotta, ITTF Para TT Chairman, Damijan Lazar, Slovenian NPC President, Ratko Kovacic, Croatian NPC President and Kensuke Tsuchiya, President of Toyota Adria.

Actually, Slovenia has often hosted a para desk tennis occasion on the ITTF calendar since 2004, which was solely interrupted in 2020 because of the pandemic. On this event, the normal Worldwide Open was changed by the primary implementation of such a ultimate qualifying event for Paralympic Video games; fairly merely, there couldn’t have been a better option of venue.

Gorazd Vecko, a volunteer with the ITTF Para Desk Tennis Committee but in addition Para Desk Tennis Efficiency Director within the UK, described his feelings:

I bought goose bumps after I noticed a full corridor with athletes enjoying for the primary time in a 12 months and a half; all gamers had a smile on their face!

It was fairly a frightening job for the organizing committee, not solely a excessive profile event however one which drew 423 individuals from 47 totally different nationwide Paralympic committees, together with over 200 gamers taking part in 21 occasions.

With consideration to element, 1,110 Covid-19 exams had been organized like by no means earlier than, all of which got here again unfavourable; Nurses and medical employees had been current on the lodge across the clock.

As well as, a complete of 10 tables had been streamed reside on YouTube, and to make it simpler for the individuals to observe the video games, the official lodge confirmed all ten tables within the respective 10 channels on their CCTV. For the primary time in Slovenia too.

The efforts which have been made produced astonishing numbers on YouTube. The event recorded a complete of 153,586 views with over 13,000 hours of viewing time!

Streaming all 10 tables resulted in over 150,000 views on the World Qualification Event

Japan had probably the most views by nation with 13415, adopted by Denmark with 10,254, the Republic of Korea with 8,927, France with 8,883 and Brazil with 8,414.

Final however not least, the occasion was performed on San Egg tables and with DHS balls with a view to mimic the circumstances of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Video games as carefully as doable.

The identical tables and balls from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Video games had been utilized in Lasko

Fairly merely an impressive achievement; an incredible success because of a bunch of devoted employees and plenty of volunteers who all contribute to an unforgettable occasion that has preserved the traditions of slovenia, traditions of excellence.

Concerning volunteers, ITTF Para Desk Tennis Supervisor, Pablo Perez mentioned:

We counted on the invaluable supervision of the Slovak Tomas Varga as technical delegate, who fashioned an ideal tandem with the Greek Tina Crotta as referee. They did not miss the chance to make historical past on the first para-qualifying occasion in a blindfolded location. They’d a crew of three deputy referees and 28 home and international referees, together with twelve Blue Badges, which gave gamers the extent of authority that gamers will discover in Tokyo.

Qualification – males

MS1: Dmitry Lavrov (Russia) MS2: Thirayu Chueawong (Thailand) MS3: Vladimir Toporkov (Russia) MS4: Boris Travincek (Slovakia) MS5: Jack Spivey-Hunter (Nice Britain) MS6: Matteo Parenzan (Italy) MS7: Maksym Chudzicki (Poland ) MS8: Clément Berthier (France) MS9: Ivan Predominant (Ukraine) MS10: Gilles de la Bourdonnaye (France) MS11: Koya Kato (Japan)

Qualification – girls

WS1 / 2: Aino Tapola (Finland) WS3: Nergiz Altintas (Turkey) WS4: Sue Gilroy (Nice Britain) WS5: Panwas Sringam (Thailand) WS6: Moon Sungkeum (Korea Republic) WS7: Nora Korneliussen (Norway) WS8: Zsofia Arloy ( Hungary) WS9: Jennyfer Marques (Brazil) WS10: Merve Demir (Turkey) WS11: Lea Ferney (France)

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