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  • 25Feb

    The newly formed ITTF Education & Training Department has agreed
    terms with former Swedish international Peter Karlsson to work on an
    individual basis with a selected group of top level juniors, supported
    through the ITTF/Olympic Solidarity project: With the Future in Mind.

    Karlsson,
    who will celebrate his 40th birthday in May this year, has signed a two
    year agreement with the International Table Tennis Federation. He will
    lead a series of high intensity training camps in his home city of
    Falkenberg, Sweden.
    The first activity in the "Close to Karlsson" project is planned for
    late May, whilst the bulk of the training camps will be scheduled as a
    special preparation for major ITTF events; notably the ITTF Junior
    Circuit Finals in Tokyo in October and prior to the ITTF World Junior
    Championships in Cartagena, Colombia in late November.

    Career
    Peter
    Karlsson, who retired from the international scene in 2006, was for
    many years an integral member of the Swedish Men’s Team that succeeded
    at the World Championships in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 2000.

    Also,
    he was crowned World Men’s Doubles champion with Tomas Von Scheele in
    Chiba, Japan in 1993 and won the Men’s Singles title at the European
    Championships in Stuttgart 2000.

    Furthermore, Peter Karlsson participated in three consecutive Olympic Games from 1996 to 2004.

    Individual Basis
    In
    his new role with the International Table Tennis Federation, the Swede
    will work on an individual basis with players for a period of sixty
    days a year.

    He will work exclusively with a small selected
    group of Priority `A’ athletes identified and supported through the
    "ITTF With the Future in Mind" project.

    Initially the targeted
    players are Iranian left-hander Noshad Alamiyan, Egypt’s Omar Assar,
    who is in his final junior year, Marcelo Guirre from Paraguay, India’s
    Soumyajit Ghosh and the young 15 year old Tunisian rising star Adem
    Hmam.

    Accelerate
    "The
    agreement with Peter Karlsson clearly allows the ITTF to accelerate a
    group of specially gifted talents from new and interesting table tennis
    markets", said said Mikael Andersson the ITTF Director of Education.
    "These athletes have already proved that they are competitive at junior
    level and I believe that with improved coaching and a more intensified
    and structured international calendar; noticeable progress will be made
    and may well be in evidence at the London Olympic Games 2012."

    Challenge
    Throughout his career Peter Karlsson has always responded to a challenge and he is ready to respond to the new challenge.

    "I
    have been fortunate enough to be handed an exciting group of players
    whom on occasions have seen in action already; I will do my very best
    to make a difference for these young athletes", said Karlsson. "The set
    up and logistical support offered by the long time Swedish Elite club
    Falkenbergs BTK is also very crucial for the success of this project; I
    am grateful for their support and enthusiastic approach."

    Female Equivalent
    The
    International Table Tennis Federation will now launch a worldwide
    search for a suitable coach to offer the same exclusive guidance for
    identified female talents.

    "We will explore other opportunities
    for our female talents and look for longer training camps to be staged
    in Asia as it clearly is a proven fact that the Asian countries for the
    moment are far superior the rest of the world when it comes to female
    table tennis", concluded Mikael Andersson.

    It is a fact that is
    very clear and highlighted at recent ITTF Junior Circuit and ITTF Pro
    Tour events; the female players from Asia were a class above the rest.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 5:05 am

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