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Egyptian t-tennis coach soon

Philip Hackett

Egyptian t-tennis coach soon

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As the 2011 domestic season begins, the Barbados Table Tennis Association (BTTA) is about to embark on a major restructuring programme with the support of the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA).
The operation was confirmed by BOA manager, Olympic operations, Glyne Clarke, who gave the feature address when the BTTA season opened with an impressive ceremony at the Table Tennis Centre, Nursery Drive, last weekend.
He revealed that the BTTA would have the services of a coach from Egypt over the next four or five months.
He said that the assistance, which comes through the Olympic Solidarity Programme, was offered to local federations at the discretion of the BOA after a careful selection process.
“We look at a federation that would benefit from a foreign coach coming in and assisting and carrying the sport forward,” Clarke said in reference to Egyptian coach Mohamed Gharib, who is expected in the island shortly.
The BOA manager also expressed concern about the short timeframe available to executive members to work towards the continued development of table tennis.
“In my four and a half years with the BOA, Trevor (Browne) is the fourth president I am dealing with. For structure and continuity you can’t have a new president every year and I think one of the first things we need to do is review that one-year mandate that they have for the executive,” said Clarke.