• Top Pakistani Table Tennis coach to hold clinics in Kenya

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Apr 11, 2012-

Some exciting times lie ahead for seasoned and upcoming Table tennis players with the arrival of top Pakistani coach, Arif Khan for a two-month long clinic in the country. Khan who is expected in Nairobi, Friday, April 13, will work closely with the yet to be selected Kenya team for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers in Doha, Qatar.

Khan a seasoned level one International Table Tennis Federation Course Coach will not only look at the technical aspect of the game but will also help the Kenya Table Tennis Association,KTTA to set up a much needed coaching unit.

“Khan will set up a national coaching structure for the whole Country, which should see Kenya Table Tennis Association being in a position to raise players who can compete at the highest level within the next four years,” Andrew Mudibo told sportsnewsarena.com ahead of the Karachi based coach’s visit.

Khan was at the forefront of spearheading Pakistan’s rise in the sport is also the Head coach of the national senior and junior teams in his country a role he has held since 1996.

He has guided the teams to several Asian championships, Commonwealth games, world championships among other top international events.

Prior to turning his attentions to coaching Khan, 52,he was ranked 67 in the world, and at the Asian table tennis championships in 1984 he defeated a former World champion Japanese Seiji Ono.

Mudibo is optimistic that the players and local coaches will benefit immensely from the knowledge and expertise of Khan gained from the ITTF Development Programs.

KTTA is expected to name the tem of four, two men and ladies after the Coast Oshwal Open championship.

The Association adopted a point accumulation system where two of the top men and women in the standings automatically qualify for the qualifeirs. The London Olympics Games qualifiers will be held in Doha, Qatar from May 10 to 13.

 

 Evelyn Watta

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