International table tennis – OTTF http://ottf.org/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:19:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://ottf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T010803.862-150x150.png International table tennis – OTTF http://ottf.org/ 32 32 New Hampshire sportsbook management tops $1 billion in first two years https://ottf.org/new-hampshire-sportsbook-management-tops-1-billion-in-first-two-years/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:19:35 +0000 https://ottf.org/new-hampshire-sportsbook-management-tops-1-billion-in-first-two-years/ New Hampshire Lottery and Writing announced Thursday that legal sports betting has passed the billion dollar mark. Since its legalization two years ago, on December 30, 2019, over 23 million bets have been placed. The Lottery also reported $30 million for education. Happy birthday, sports betting! Wow, it’s been two years since sports betting launched […]]]>

New Hampshire Lottery and Writing announced Thursday that legal sports betting has passed the billion dollar mark. Since its legalization two years ago, on December 30, 2019, over 23 million bets have been placed. The Lottery also reported $30 million for education.

Governor Chris Sununu said he plans to bet on the Patriots for the upcoming playoffs. The hometown team remains the most bet team, according to the official press release from the Lottery and the company.

Currently, Bets can be placed online or at DraftKings Sportsbooks sites at The Brook in Seabrook and Filotimo Casino in Dover and Manchester.

Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery, said: “We are pleased with what we have achieved and are excited to continue to develop sports betting as a source of income to support our schools.”

The 2021 Super Bowl was the biggest single-game sports betting event in the past two years, bringing in $7.1 million in wagers. The top five sports for betting are NFL, NBA, College Basketball, College Football, and Table Tennis.

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Veteran athlete donates to the Table Tennis Association https://ottf.org/veteran-athlete-donates-to-the-table-tennis-association/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 08:07:25 +0000 https://ottf.org/veteran-athlete-donates-to-the-table-tennis-association/ By Naneka Hoffman A veteran Liberian athlete, Junior Siaquiyah Davis has donated sports equipment and cash prizes to the National Table Tennis Association of Liberia (LNTTA) to help grow the sport in the country. Donated items include balls, rubbers, T-shirts, training equipment and US $ 300 in cash to the National Table Tennis Association. Speaking […]]]>

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A veteran Liberian athlete, Junior Siaquiyah Davis has donated sports equipment and cash prizes to the National Table Tennis Association of Liberia (LNTTA) to help grow the sport in the country.

Donated items include balls, rubbers, T-shirts, training equipment and US $ 300 in cash to the National Table Tennis Association.

Speaking at the recent donation ceremony at the headquarters of the National Table Tennis Association of Liberia, Mr. Davis paid tribute to some Table Tennis Association veterans, including the late Isaac Davis and Aaron Nawood, died in 2014 from Ebola and Deo Jones. , who currently lives in the UK.

Now residing in Hamburg, Germany but visiting his home, Mr Davis recalled that those he named were players who have represented Liberia at several international competitions and won major trophies.

He explained that table tennis has greatly contributed to the reintegration, restructuring and reconstruction of the minds of young Liberians through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

In receiving the equipment and money, the Secretary General of the National Table Tennis Association of Liberia, Lamie AS Freeman, Jr. thanked Mr. Davis for his continued contribution to the development of table tennis in Liberia and told him assured that the donation will help develop the skills of athletes.

At the same time, in a one-day tournament held at the headquarters of the National Table Tennis Association of Liberia in honor of Mr. Junior Siaquiyah Davis, athletes Lasana Weh and Holder Kaborwen were crowned champions, respectively. and finalists.

Winner Wah received 15,000 LRD and finalist Kaborwen walked away with 10,000 LRD, while third and fourth place received 7,000 and 5,000 LRD individually.

Champion Lasana Weh paid tribute to Mr Davis for his continued support of the game in Liberia, especially young people who develop a passion for the game and called on other veteran tennis players from Liberia and Liberia to emulate his example . Editing by Jonathan Browne

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Kassym-Jomart Tokayev: veteran Kazakh diplomat faces serious crisis | Kazakhstan https://ottf.org/kassym-jomart-tokayev-veteran-kazakh-diplomat-faces-serious-crisis-kazakhstan/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 19:10:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/kassym-jomart-tokayev-veteran-kazakh-diplomat-faces-serious-crisis-kazakhstan/ In the face of a popular uprising, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reacted uncompromisingly. He ordered a security crackdown, called the protesters “terrorists” and declared that those who take to the streets deserve to be exterminated. Tokayev also cryptically hinted that “outsiders” are behind the unrest. It’s no surprise that the veteran politician and diplomat drew […]]]>

In the face of a popular uprising, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reacted uncompromisingly. He ordered a security crackdown, called the protesters “terrorists” and declared that those who take to the streets deserve to be exterminated. Tokayev also cryptically hinted that “outsiders” are behind the unrest.

It’s no surprise that the veteran politician and diplomat drew inspiration from the Kremlin’s conspiratorial playbook. Tokayev spent his formative years in the service of the Soviet Foreign Ministry. After graduating from Almaty School – the scene of the worst unrest this week – he studied foreign relations at a Moscow state institute.

Tokayev specialized in Chinese. He was fluent in the language, joined the Far Eastern Division of the Soviet Foreign Ministry, and spent much of the 1980s at the Moscow Embassy in Beijing. When the USSR collapsed, he quickly became an adviser to Nursultan Nazarbayev, ruler of the newly independent Kazakhstan.

It was Tokayev who persuaded other nations to diplomatically recognize Kazakhstan. China was particularly enthusiastic. Narzabayev rewarded Tokayev by appointing him deputy foreign minister, as well as interpreter-advisor in official delegations to Beijing.

In 1999 Tokayev became Prime Minister and in 2002 Minister of Foreign Affairs. Loyal to Nazarbayev, he was responsible for improving relations with Kazakhstan’s three key partners – Russia, China and the United States. He regularly met with American envoys and helped Kazakhstan abandon its nuclear bombs inherited from the communist era.

Some of Tokayev’s private comments now seem ironic. At a luncheon in 2005, he told the US Ambassador that a popular Orange Revolution of the kind seen in other post-Soviet republics was “unlikely” in Kazakhstan. The country, he said, was engaged in “political reform” and decentralization, according to a US cable leak.

Other high positions followed. He became president and then president of the Senate of Kazakhstan. When Nazarbayev retired in 2019 – at least formally – Tokayev succeeded him as president. After two and a half years of work, he faces a crisis more serious than anything his authoritarian predecessor has seen.

Tokayev’s decision to invite Russian troops to restore order reverses years in which Kazakhstan cautiously sought an independent foreign policy, triangulating between Moscow, Washington and Beijing. From now on, relations with the West will be fresher. Those with Russia suddenly appear more fragile and submissive.

Tokayev’s family ties are tied to Soviet history. Her father, a writer of detective novels, fought in World War II – the Great Patriotic War, as Russia calls it. Her mother was a university language teacher. He is divorced with a son, Timur. His hobbies include reading novels, memoirs and books on politics.

According to his official biography, Tokayev – now 68 years old – wrote 10 books on international relations. He also “supports a healthy lifestyle” and was the head of the Kazakhstan Table Tennis Association.


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Senura and Muthumali lead the Aarya TT Open tournament https://ottf.org/senura-and-muthumali-lead-the-aarya-tt-open-tournament/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 19:30:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/senura-and-muthumali-lead-the-aarya-tt-open-tournament/ National champions Senura Silva and Muthumali Priyadharshani are the male and female seeds of the Aarya Challenge Trophy Open All Island Ranking table tennis championship organized by the Nugegoda Table Tennis Club in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Table Tennis Association. The event will be held January 7-9 at the Bandaragama Indoor Stadium. 389 players […]]]>

National champions Senura Silva and Muthumali Priyadharshani are the male and female seeds of the Aarya Challenge Trophy Open All Island Ranking table tennis championship organized by the Nugegoda Table Tennis Club in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Table Tennis Association.

The event will be held January 7-9 at the Bandaragama Indoor Stadium.

389 players have taken part in this table tennis championship and all the top ranked players have entered the tournament. However, veteran former national champion Ishara Madurangi withdrew her entry due to injury.

Muthumalee Priyadharshani, Hansani Piyumila and Bimandee Bandara will be the strong contenders for the women’s singles while Senura Silva and Krishan Wickramarathne, Nirmala Jayasinghe are the top paddlers for the men’s singles. Bimandee Bandara is seeded for Girls Under 17 and 19 while Senura Silva has also been seeded as Boys Under 17 and 19. Boys and Girls Under 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, Open Doubles Men’s and Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles events will be staged during this three-day tournament.

The most outstanding players from all events will receive the Aarya Challenge Trophies from Raigam Marketing Services Pvt. Ltd with cash rewards.


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US table tennis player recounts twinning with Chinese team https://ottf.org/us-table-tennis-player-recounts-twinning-with-chinese-team/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 06:03:42 +0000 https://ottf.org/us-table-tennis-player-recounts-twinning-with-chinese-team/ Kanak Jha and Wang Manyu are seen in a joint training session of two pairs of American and Chinese players entering the mixed doubles competition at the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships in Houston on November 22. XINHUA For Kanak Jha, playing with one of the best table tennis players in the world was a […]]]>

Kanak Jha and Wang Manyu are seen in a joint training session of two pairs of American and Chinese players entering the mixed doubles competition at the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships in Houston on November 22. XINHUA

For Kanak Jha, playing with one of the best table tennis players in the world was a memorable experience.

Jha, America’s top male player, said his recent mixed doubles pairing with China’s Wang Manyu – the women’s singles world champion – was something he won’t forget.

“It’s really exciting to play with the Chinese national team, which is the best in the world,” Jha said in an exclusive interview with China Daily. “I really wanted to be like a sponge, absorb as much knowledge and information as they have. And that’s definitely something I’ll remember in my career.”

At the end of November, the finals of the table tennis world championships were held in Houston, the first time they were held on American soil. But his association with Team China made it even more memorable.

Just two days before the championships start, the table tennis associations of China and the United States announced that the two mixed doubles pairs will meet to coincide with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ping-Pong Diplomacy.

“For me, it was a huge honor to be a teammate with Wang Manyu and also to be part of this historic 50th anniversary of ping-pong diplomacy, something very important for the history of our two countries,” said the 21-year-old. elder, adding that he had learned of the event and how it had helped ease tensions between the two countries during a time of uncertainty.

The reciprocal international visits of the US and Chinese teams in 1971 were seen as a stepping stone towards establishing diplomatic relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China a year later.

However, some critics have said that after the twinning was announced, the cooperation would not have the same impact as 50 years ago, due to the current geopolitical and economic tensions between the two great powers.

Still, Jha stressed the importance of sport as a positive influence.

“A big part of what sport has meant for my entire career and for a lot of people is bringing people together,” he said. “Maybe we don’t speak the same language, we don’t have the same culture, but we all speak the language of table tennis. It’s something really important in sport and what it is. made for humanity. “

Wang Manyu illustrated the strength of this bond when asked if there were any language barriers between them.

“In fact, table tennis itself is a common language and a means of communication for us,” she said. “I am very lucky and delighted to have the opportunity to team up with the American player and I hope that here in Houston we can make our history part of history through our efforts.”

Although the pair didn’t make it to the last eight after losing to an Indian team, Jha said they had “been together pretty well overall, especially for our first time.”

“Manyu was able to guide me quite well with her experience and knowledge,” Jha said, noting that she was a former doubles world champion in 2019. “So she has a lot of knowledge and experience on doubles tactics and how to move, and ways to get a point. “

Jha also revealed some heartwarming moments behind their suit. “When the twinning was announced with Wang Manyu, I received many messages even on my Instagram from many Chinese fans or Wang Manyu fans,” he said. “And they wanted to support our combination, hoping that we will do well together.”

Jha said he was grateful to everyone who supported and followed him. “[That’s] something that really gives me a lot of energy to know that there are people behind me. Very grateful, ”he said.


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Street photographer Sabine Weiss dies at 97 – plus more art news – ARTnews.com https://ottf.org/street-photographer-sabine-weiss-dies-at-97-plus-more-art-news-artnews-com/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 13:10:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/street-photographer-sabine-weiss-dies-at-97-plus-more-art-news-artnews-com/ To get Morning Links delivered to your inbox every day of the week, subscribe to our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. Header lines SABINE WEISS, the famous Swiss street photographer whose career spans more than seven decades, died at her home in Paris, the AFP reports. She was 97 years old. Weiss has photographed everything from […]]]>

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SABINE WEISS, the famous Swiss street photographer whose career spans more than seven decades, died at her home in Paris, the AFP reports. She was 97 years old. Weiss has photographed everything from celebrity portraits like Alberto Giacometti and Brigitte Bardot to all types of chance sights in various cities. “I went to morgues and factories, I took pictures of rich people and I took fashion pictures”, the AFP quoted his word. “But what’s left are the photos I took for myself, in stolen moments.” BBC News at published a portfolio of his images. Late in his life, Weiss stopped taking photos but continued to work on his archives. In 2017, she donated some 200,000 negatives, along with other materials, to the Elysée Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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BIG FOUND. Using a process called 3D computed tomography scanning technology, researchers have digitally “unpacked” the mummified body of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep I, the Guardian reports. Their research indicates that the ruler, who lived around 3,500 years ago, died at age 35, had healthy teeth, and was buried with 30 amulets and a golden belt. In other archeology news, the BBC the team reported on the intricate ancient Roman mosaic that was recently unearthed in a field in England. Alice roberts, a biological anthropologist who is preparing a television show about the discovery, said: “Nothing like this has been found in Britain for 100 years.”

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Teresa Iarocci Mavica has stepped down as director general of the VAC Foundation and his GES-2 House of Culture, Who just opened in Moscow earlier this month. Mavica will continue to serve on the VA-C board of directors and will focus on the foundation site in Venice. [The Moscow Times]

the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado has become the last museum to temporarily close amid the coronavirus peak. He said he would keep its doors locked until January 7. [The Aspen Times]

the Valentine’s Museum in Richmond, Virginia, and Dustin Klein and Alex Criqui, who instantly projected iconic images onto the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Va., received a $ 670,000 grant for a light-based public art initiative called “Recontextualizing Richmond” by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Monuments Project. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

Speaking of monuments, some in New York are in a state of disrepair because they haven’t been maintained over the years, Zacharie Petit reports. A stone frieze from 1938 by Richmond Barthé, for its part, needs $ 1.8 million in repair work. [The New York Times]

Some experts are skeptical of using AI technology to reconstruct works lost or damaged by canonical artists. Discuss a Google effort to recreate a destroyed Gustav Klimt work, Jane Kallir, from New York Saint-Etienne Gallery, said, “These things look like cartoons. They don’t look like Klimt’s paintings. [The Washington Post]

beverly russell, a pioneering journalist who was editor-in-chief of magazines Interiors and Architecture, and who has championed women in the design world, passed away earlier this month at the age of 87. Russell suffered a medically assisted suicide. “My mother lived her life on her own terms and she wanted to go out on her own terms,” ​​her son said. [The New York Times]

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OUT OF THIS WORLD. Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, a pillar of the ARTnews The 200 best collectors list, is on board the International space station right now for a 12 day getaway with an advertised price of over $ 80 million (which included a seat for someone to film the trip for him.) He seems happy with his purchase. “Once in space, you realize how worth it to have this incredible experience,” Maezawa Recount the Associated press, although he said he was having a little trouble sleeping. “I can’t wait to play sports inside the space station: badminton, table tennis and golf,” he added. “What I don’t look forward to are the toilet stuff.” [Associated Press]


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Let’s Make MMA Better: A Better Ranking System https://ottf.org/lets-make-mma-better-a-better-ranking-system/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 09:16:05 +0000 https://ottf.org/lets-make-mma-better-a-better-ranking-system/ Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sherdog.com, its affiliates and sponsors or its parent company, Evolve Media. . * * * My articles in 2021 mostly fall into one of three categories: analyzing a fighter or an ongoing match, looking […]]]>

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My articles in 2021 mostly fall into one of three categories: analyzing a fighter or an ongoing match, looking back on an old school fighter or match, or reviewing the powers that rule the MMA. These are the most popular and often the easiest to write. However, for my last opinion piece of the year, I wanted to try a reversal of this. I’m going to critique one aspect of modern MMA and come up with a solution. In addition, this solution could be easily implemented tomorrow. There are no sports commissions, powerful individuals or office politics to navigate. And the subject to focus on is not a person, but rather an approach; namely, the current ranking system used by the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the Bellator MMA.

Before we begin, let’s recognize that no matter how perfect a ranking system is, a promotion may simply choose to ignore it. For example, we recently heard stories that Charles Oliveira wanted to defend his UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor, a man who lost his last three fights to 155, all by stoppage, and whose last and only win in weight. lightweight was over five years ago against Eddie Alvarez. It mocks the ranking system, but as we’ve established, the UFC is all about entertainment. A pay-per-view with Oliveira fighting McGregor will generate a lot more money than one with Justin Gaethje. A better ranking system offers no benefit if it is simply ignored, which will inevitably happen from time to time with any promotion.

With this caveat out of the way, what do we seek to correct? In general terms, current rankings tell us very little, beyond which they are just the subjective perceptions of a small group of people. For example, what do we know about the ability of a fighter ranked eighth versus ninth? Is the # 8 ranked fighter better than the # 9 ranked fighter, or maybe worse, but is he doing better against the rest of the top 10 or 15? Even such a fundamental point is seldom mentioned when rankings are discussed. Also, is the eighth ranked fighter much better than the ninth, or just barely?

What does it mean if they fight and the # 8 ranked fighter dominates the # 9 ranked fighter? Does it stay in the same ranking, since the perception was that there is a big chasm between them, or is it moving forward, since the perception was that there is a small one? How are these obstacles managed? The whim of an individual ranking? Throw a coin?

What if I told you that there is an easy way to solve all of these problems, and it’s been around for over 60 years? I’m talking about Elo Ratings. Created by Dr. Arpad Elo circa 1960 for use in chess, this system gives each player a numerical score, with higher scores indicating a higher level of play. A player will then earn points for each victory and lose them for each loss, with draws adding points if they occur against higher-rated enemies and subtracting points against lower-rated ones. It is in fact a remarkably simple system, based on expectations of earnings. With a win denoting 1 point, a draw of 0.5 points and a loss of 0 points, a person ranked 100 points higher than their opponent should score 0.64 points on average. This is subtracted from their actual result and multiplied by K, which is the coefficient. So if a player rated 2400 beats a player 2300, with a K of 20 for the game, he will win (1-0.64) * 20 = 7.2 points. As we can see, defeating higher rated opponents gives much more points than lower rated ones. If a 2400 player beats a 2600, against which he should only score 0.24 points, then he will win (1-0.24) * 20 = 15.2 points. here is an online Elo calculator play with.

Now this system, which is implemented for chess, table tennis, and a wide range of other competitions, should be reworked for mixed martial arts for a very obvious reason. While Elo odds work great for the dozens of chess or table tennis matches that a player completes each year, a mixed martial artist can only fight 30 times in an entire career. Additionally, it means that the improvement or regression is less likely to be captured by Elo ratings.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution for this: make the K a lot, a lot bigger. With a K of 200, for example, if a 2400 beats a 2600, he or she will gain 152 points while the 2600 will lose that same 152, leaving the lowest rated first in a top rated list. The top rated list, in turn, can be the basis of a new ranking system. Check out the current list of FIDE Chess Leaderboards. Wesley So, eighth, with 2772 points, is tied with Levon Aronian, sixth, and Anish Giri, eighth, just ahead of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, ninth. In MMA, the separation between the rankings would of course be much greater. In chess, perfect play on both sides necessarily results in ties, which is not the case in MMA.

This is not the end of the day, however. On the one hand, before we implement the Elo system, we still have to give ratings to the best fighters. It is partly a judgment call but not very difficult. Start by giving ratings to a few fighters and, based on past results, interpolate the ratings of all the others, in the same way as was first done for international chess players in 1970. Even though the initial scores are incorrect, this will be quickly corrected during many Ranked Fights. However, we also want a way to distinguish between a one-sided beating and a close decision that could easily have gone the other way.

Again, it’s not hard to sort out. We can have different K values ​​depending on the result. Thus, for a victory by submission or KO, one can have a full K value of 200. For a decision with a total separation of more than 5 points on the scorecards for a 3 rounds (for example, cards of 30-27 , 30-27 and 29-28 would have a separation of 7), the K value is reduced to 120. For dashboards with a separation of 3 or less, the K can be only 80, and for a separation, 60 Obviously, one can play with specific K values, but the main idea must be clear.

This system fixes all of the problems we originally described. With the ratings, we would know exactly how much better the eighth highest ranked fighter is than the ninth. It may be a small difference, one marked 2620 and the other 2610, or a large one, the first being 2700. We also know that the scoring system is not a measure of ability to face. face, but average results. against all fighters. And now we know exactly what any fighter means in beating another, and the method by which they do it for the rankings. Oh, and there’s no subjective ranking by a small group of largely anonymous people that the UFC or the Bellator picks.

As an added bonus, Elo odds also mean we don’t have to juggle complicated one-on-one chains anymore. For example, Julianna Pena was submitted quite recently by Germaine de Randamie but she just beat Amanda Nunes, and Nunes beat de Randamie by unilateral decision. How to classify these three fighters? Elo assessments provide a simple answer. Additionally, the current champion may not be the highest rated in the division. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Very often, the world champion in chess or table tennis is also not the highest rated numerically. In this case, the highest rated competitor available becomes a very obvious next challenger.

Is the system perfect? Not by far! Just like with current rankings, it’s difficult to accurately assess fighters as they improve from fight to fight, or conversely, regress with age and injury. And high K values ​​will always create huge oscillations based on a single performance, like now. In addition, the ratings of martial artists entering a large organization for the first time like the UFC or the Bellator from a smaller one will always be very delicate. But it’s a significant improvement over what we have now. As stated, unlike most of my other gripes, fixing this issue doesn’t require the replacement or firing of an employee or a sports commission to make a major change.

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Angels Academy seeks to progress in 2022 | Sports https://ottf.org/angels-academy-seeks-to-progress-in-2022-sports/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 05:11:02 +0000 https://ottf.org/angels-academy-seeks-to-progress-in-2022-sports/ The COVID-19 pandemic has put many sports on the back burner, but Angels Academy, a table tennis club in Spanish Town, is looking outward. Academy founder and coach Richard Davidson said his club plans to expand its playground, open a homework center and offer music lessons in 2022. The expansion is underpinned by Davidson’s desire […]]]>

The COVID-19 pandemic has put many sports on the back burner, but Angels Academy, a table tennis club in Spanish Town, is looking outward. Academy founder and coach Richard Davidson said his club plans to expand its playground, open a homework center and offer music lessons in 2022.

The expansion is underpinned by Davidson’s desire to give the young people in his care at Angels a chance to lead fulfilling lives when their days at the table are over. “I’ve seen where a lot of athletes in various sports have not only represented Jamaica but their parish, their clubs, and basically we use that terminology, we see them kicking in the latter part of their life. My goal is to train professionals at the academy. So even if they are not doing well academically, they have a skill to fall back on in their last days, ”he explained Thursday.

A key project is to expand the play area by covering a space behind the main Angels Community Center building, and Davidson is looking for sponsors. “Hopefully my target for this would be mid-2022, and we want to include musical activities as well, so we’re looking for sponsorship to maybe buy drums, keyboard, guitar and saxophone.” , did he declare. noted.

“I have lost a lot of players to COVID,” Davidson revealed. “But I’m not worried about that because I usually never advertise my program. It’s always by reference so I don’t worry about the numbers. Once the school reopens, I can say again that the angels will be full, ”he added.

Launched in 2010, the Academy has had its share of success and four of its players have been invited to participate in the Espoirs program organized by the International Table Tennis Federation. With the pandemic restricting movement, the latest, 11-year-old Keeara White, had to participate via the internet.

“Unfortunately, due to COVID this year, it was not possible for us to travel, so we had to take online classes. They sent the exercises. We looked at the exercises before the sessions and had nine sessions online, ”he recalls.

“She did very well throughout training camp and is a person to note in the future,” said Davidson, praising the student from St Jago Preparatory. White has followed in the footsteps of Davidson’s daughter Kelsey, Liana Campbell and Navia Scott, who previously participated in the Hopes program.

“It brings tears to my eyes. It keeps me motivated. My dream now is that a player qualifies for the next round of the Espoirs, ”he concluded, with a view to selecting a player from Jamaica, from the Pan-American Undergraduate stadium to the international round which includes 20 players.


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Aspire Academy inspires Qatari football https://ottf.org/aspire-academy-inspires-qatari-football/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 09:34:15 +0000 https://ottf.org/aspire-academy-inspires-qatari-football/ Qatar – 50 years after making their official debut in international football against Bahrain in March 1970 – have emerged as a continental football superpower, winning three Persian Gulf Cups and in 2019 also their first Asian Cup title. The West Asian country also reached the 2021 Gold Cup semi-finals, narrowly losing (1-0) to the […]]]>

Qatar – 50 years after making their official debut in international football against Bahrain in March 1970 – have emerged as a continental football superpower, winning three Persian Gulf Cups and in 2019 also their first Asian Cup title.

The West Asian country also reached the 2021 Gold Cup semi-finals, narrowly losing (1-0) to the United States. Earlier, a relentless 2-1 loss to Argentina led by Lionel Messi in the 2019 Copa America had also bolstered the Maroons’ reputation.

The country and the national team are now preparing to host the FIFA World Cup next year and make their debut in the quadrennial extravagance.

Former Australia international Tim Cahill credits Qatar’s rise as a footballing nation to the Aspire Academy, established in 2004.

“70% of the team that won the Asian Cup was trained at Aspire Academy. Everyone on the Under-19 team, which won the 2014 AFC Under-19 Championship, is from here, ”said Cahill, now the academy’s athletic director.

Right in the center of the posh foyer of Aspire Academy, there is an installation – “Reaching for Gold” – with many hands trying to grab a medal. The structures convey the philosophy of the ultramodern facility – “developing champions of sport and life”. – Dey de Santadeep

At Aspire Academy – located in the heart of the sporting city of Doha, next to the iconic Khalifa International Stadium – visitors are greeted by the imposing eight-ton monument – “Rise Through Education” – by famous Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn. It shows a pair of hands placing the planet on a child’s palms, the arms forming a circle above an open book. Just beyond the entrance and right in the center of the luxurious foyer is another installation – “Reaching for Gold” – with many hands trying to grab a medal. The structures convey the philosophy of the facility at the cutting edge of technology – “developing champions of sport and life”.

READ: How a professor at Qatar University helped the country secure accommodation rights for 2022 FIFA World Cup football

“It’s one of the best institutions in the world. We’ve had all the coaches in the world, come here. We have Messi, [Diego] Maradona. 80 football clubs are part of our World Summit. We have had [Mauricio] Pochettino, [Jose] Mourinho, [Carlo] Ancelotti … the list is crazy. I call it the University of Football, ”Cahill says, as we walk past a wall of signed shirts.

Student-athletes are selected through a national talent identification program and Cahill, who has played in the Indian Super League, believes such a program could be difficult to replicate in a country the size of India. “We can be a little more specific here due to the smaller population. We have the possibility of asking ourselves: ‘do they really want to play football? “Some of them may like high jump or volleyball,” he says.

An indoor football pitch at Aspire Academy. The Academy also has a Footbonaut, designed to improve a player’s reaction time. The futuristic passmaster can only be found at Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim – Dey de Santadeep

Academic lessons are part of the daily life of the 300 boys, aged 12 to 18. Seniors are allowed to board five days a week, while the youngest can only stay two days. Besides football, he also focuses on other Olympic sports: track and field, fencing, squash, table tennis, swimming, golf, shooting and archery. “My vision for the future is foundational skills in school curricula. I focus heavily on the grassroots, ”adds Cahill.

A Footbonaut in the Sports Science Center gives you insight into Aspire’s aspirations. Designed to improve a player’s reaction time, the futuristic sleight of hand can only be found at Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim.

Speaking of the often-drawn comparison to Barcelona’s famous La Masia, Cahill says: “La Masia’s talent pool is what is different from here. They can get players from any part of the world. They have a philosophy and an infrastructure that helps the kind of players they have. I’m not saying that Barcelona’s philosophy and identity can’t be put here, but we also have to adapt to the quality of the player and his skills.

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Cahill is optimistic about the fate of the Qatar national team at the World Cup and beyond. “The Aspire Academy is the national team. It’s the same body. We have the QSL [Qatar Stars League], AQF [Qatar Football Association], Aspire Academy, all under one umbrella. And an infrastructure in place for many years to come, to make sure we can continue to create and nurture talent. Hopefully we can find Qatari players playing abroad in the future – in Europe or in some of the other bigger competitions, ”he said.

Cahill thinks a lot of countries can learn from the Peninsular nation. The forward, who played for Jamshedpur FC in 2018-19, said: “[India needs to have a] Structure. An identity. I think they are already trying to implement something like this. The bottom line is just knowing where you are going and how you are going to get there. Sometimes institutions like this can take 5-10 years. So, you also have to have a lot of patience. “

[The writer was in Qatar at the invitation of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy]


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Table tennis | Vedhalakshmi upsets Madhurika Patkar https://ottf.org/table-tennis-vedhalakshmi-upsets-madhurika-patkar/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 17:46:45 +0000 https://ottf.org/table-tennis-vedhalakshmi-upsets-madhurika-patkar/ Qualifier Vedhalakshmi notched the last three points of the decisive seventh game with ease. Tamil Nadu’s Vedhalakshmi Devi had her best performance yet with a victory from behind over former national and international champion Madhurika Patkar (PSPB) in a women’s first round match of the UTT-National Ranking table tennis tournament of the South Zone held […]]]>

Qualifier Vedhalakshmi notched the last three points of the decisive seventh game with ease.

Tamil Nadu’s Vedhalakshmi Devi had her best performance yet with a victory from behind over former national and international champion Madhurika Patkar (PSPB) in a women’s first round match of the UTT-National Ranking table tennis tournament of the South Zone held at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

Representing TNTTA, the 18-year-old from Chennai troubled Madhurika with her funny rubbers (soft buttons) on both sides, winning in seven games, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8- 11, 11-9, 11-8.

Qualifier Vedhalakshmi clinched the last three points in the deciding seventh of the match with ease as Madhurika was unable to deal with her opponent’s backhand.

“I played my natural game and found that she was having a hard time taking my backhand / blocking and took advantage of it,” Vedhalakshmi told The Hindu.

One of the men’s title contenders, Harmeet Desai of the PSPB, knocked out Uttar Pradesh’s Divyansh Srivastava 11-8, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7 in a second round match.

Important results (round of 64):

Men: Mandar Hardikar (Mah) bt Ali Mohammed (TS) 10-12, 11-6, 11-13, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7; Sougata Sarkar (LIC) bt Soham Bhattacharya (Ker) 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5; Jubin Kumar (PSPB) bt Pankaj Vishwakarma (RSPB) 11-9, 10-12, 4-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4; Sushmit Sriram (TTTA) with Arnab Chandra (Ben) 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 7-11, 12-10; Abhimanyu Mitra (IAID) by Vidit Desai (Guj) 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-3, 13-11; Sudhanshu Grover (Del) bt Shubham Amber (Mah) 8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5; Kiranjoy Pushilal (RSPB) bt Sarthak Gandhi (Har) 8-11, 11-8, 10-12, 15-13, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3; Raj Mondal (RBI) with Utkarsh Gupta (CRSB) 11-6, 11-13, 11-3, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7.

Women: Shruthi Ramkumar (TTTA) bt Lakshita Narang (Del) 8-11, 11-4, 14-12, 10-12, 12-10, 11-5; Vidya Narasimhan (CRSB) with Kaushani Nath (RSPB) 7-11, 5-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-9; Vedhalakshmi Devi (TNTTA) with Madhurika Patkar (PSPB) 9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8; Chipia Frenaz (Guj) bt Harshavardhini (RBI) 11-9, 5-11, 4-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6; Radhapriya Goel (AAI) with Seraha Jacob (Ker) 11-7, 11-9, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8, 11-0.


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