SLTTA conducts islandwide training programmes
BY NAALIR JAMALDEEN
Sri Lanka Table Tennis Association (SLTTA) President and Plantations State Minister Kanaka Herath has said that table tennis training programmes are being held island wide with a view to improving the standard ability of the players and transforming them to be internationally competitive and to bring glory to the country. He said under-13, 15, 19 as well as open and senior athletes will be included in the pools and training workshops will be held in Ambalangoda, Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna Districts.
“Financial sponsorship is provided by the ‘Aim for the Stars’ programme implemented by the Asian Table Tennis Association (ATTA), and a maximum number of 20 TT players will be selected to undergo training at each centre,” said State Minister Herath.
All coaches who serve as instructors at all these training workshops are Level III or higher qualified coaches of ITTA. The training workshops have been scheduled to be held for a period of five months on weekends, the Plantations State Minister said.
“It is imperative to hold such high skills development workshops to take the game of table tennis to the international level. This is another step of a long-term plan to develop the skills and talents of table tennis players. Therefore, these workshops will be extended to other parts of the country in future,” the President stated. In addition, he said that steps will be taken to obtain the services of foreigners in the near future.
Steps have been taken to hire international coaches to develop the technical skills of Sri Lankan table tennis coaches and to conduct workshops to improve their skills. SLTTA and the Ministry of Sports (High-performance Sports Development Programme) have signed a bilateral agreement to develop the skills of table tennis players.
“It will provide theoretical and practical instructions on how to develop the skills of table tennis players to become an international player,” the State Minister added.