Despite not taking part in the just concluded African Games, Lesotho is eager to win more disciples to table tennis.
For one-week, Lesotho was the home for a recent ITTF/PTT Level One Coach Education Course.
From September 27 to October 4, Lesotho’s capital, Maseru hosted the training handled by ITTF Africa-Oceania Development Coordinator, Michael Brown with over 21 students made up of 12 men and nine women.
Among the participants are three members with disability, there was a wide cross section represented which hopefully will be of value to the country.
Furthermore, Khetang Mothibi was present. He is the number one player in Lesotho and was present at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“All the participants passed the initial requirements to become ITTF/PTT Level One coaches and will now be looking to complete an additional 30 hours of coaching to receive their ITTF/PTT Level One certificates”, explained Michael Brown.
A detailed course, the itinerary designed was well received by all.
“I did enjoy the course as the conductor balanced between Para and able-bodied athletes, I felt part of the course”, said Nteboheng Kele.
It was the same reaction from the recently elected President of the Lesotho Table Tennis Association.
“Initiatives such as the donation of the iPong robot assist in driving us to further develop the sport”, he said. “We are a new executive and following some issues in previous years, we look forward to developing table tennis across Lesotho, not just in the capital.”
Pertinently, the course attracted extensive media coverage; a new era would appear to be dawning in Lesotho.