Situated in the Indian Ocean, some 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometres) off the south east coast of the African continent; an intense schedule awaits in Mauritius.

The Mauritius Junior and Cadet Open, the first ever ITTF Junior Circuit tournament to be staged on the island, commences on Friday 3rd April and concludes on Sunday 7th April.

It is followed immediately by the ITTF-Africa Junior Championships which will be staged from Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th April.

Already Begun
A busy time awaits, in fact a busy time has already begun!

Organised under the auspices of the ITTF Development and Education Programmes, an ITTF Training Camp was staged from Wednesday 25th March to Wednesday 1st April, with players in the mini-cadet age group category to those in more advanced junior years being present.

Improve Tactical Awareness
Sweden’s Pontus Dyrefors was the expert on duty, assisted by Patrick Sahajasein, the Head Coach of the Mauritius Table Tennis Association with proceedings taking place in the splendid Beau Bassin complex, the home for the ensuing tournaments.

“The aim was to improve the players’ tactical awareness in matches, how to make it as uncomfortable as possible for the opponent”, said Pontus Dyrefors. “Thus focusing on reducing the time an opponent has to react in order to dominate matters was the theme.”

School Attendance
Matters were organised principally in the afternoon and evenings to meet the needs of school attendance; the Camp being well received by all, none more so than by Michael Brown, the ITTF and Africa-Oceania Development Co-ordinator.

“The ITTF Training Camp has provided the Mauritius junior and cadet teams with a strong training programme in the final lead up stage to the international competitions”, he said. “The support of the ITTF Development Programme has made this training camp possible; we are thankful to Mr Pontus Dyrefors for providing a high level training camp to assist the young athletes, as well as the support from the Mauritius Table Tennis Association, and Mr Patrick Sahajasein.”

A successful training camp, competition awaits.