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Panama Looks Ahead, Officials Ready for International Tournaments
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

  Photo By: Courtesy of Ramon Ortega Montes


An ITTF/PTT Level One Coach Education Course completed successfully on Wednesday 6th July; next on the agenda in the Central American country of Panama was a Basic Certified Umpires Course, followed by an International Umpires Examination.

Once again supported by Olympic Solidarity and organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development Programme, the Wyndham Hotel proved a splendid venue with Ramon Ortega Montes, always known as Moncho, again the course conductor on duty.

Matters commenced on Friday 8th July and concluded on Sunday 10th July.

A total of 17 students attended, two being female; six were physical education teachers, three were policemen responsible for social welfare.

Furthermore, the students represented the whole country, travelling from Arraiján, Colón, Bocas del Toro and Herrera as well as Panama City.

International Umpires
Notably amongst the participants, Javier Reid and Dinodier Donoso attended; both are international umpires but wished to reinforce their knowledge.

They are very keen to promote tournaments in Panama, as were several other members of the course.

Pertinently one member, Celso Alvarado is already organising events on a local basis; whilst colleague, Samuel Urrutia is somewhat more ambitious.

“I would like to organize an important tournament with big prizes and good players coming to play to Panama”, he stressed.

Now with more potential officials that is not a pipe dream, Panama is very much a hub airport; travelling from the Americas and from Europe is very straightforward.

Ready for Action
Unquestionably Alexander Rayo is ready to sit in the hot seat.

“Now I will feel myself more comfortable with the knowledge and the certificate”, he said.

Top Student
Also ready is Deyka Jordan, she emerged the star student with top marks and she was very clear that whilst welcoming the opportunity to officiate in Panama, the chance to travel provided a very attractive prospect.

Full marks Deyka Jordan and it was full marks for the whole group; all 16 students attained the required pass mark!

Panama Olympic Committee
Meanwhile, additional to the course, Moncho met the members of the Panama Olympic Committee, who organised a special presentation of their ten athletes who are travelling to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Also present was Melecio Rivera, ITTF Executive Vice President and President of the El Salvador Table Tennis Federation; he was visiting Panama as a member of the Commission to evaluate the country’s bid to stage the 2022 Central American and The Caribbean Games 2022.

Panama: Complete success, a 100 per cent pass mark for the Basic Umpires Course
Photos courtesy of Ramon Ortega Montes



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