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ITTF Para Table Tennis Rotterdam, 9th May 2011. Table Tennis for Athletes with a disability (AWD)

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1 ITTF Para Table Tennis Rotterdam, 9th May 2011

2 Table Tennis for Athletes with a disability (AWD)

3 What is the background? The first Table Tennis sub-committee was formed in the 1970s st World Championships for All disabilities 2007 becomes part of the ITTF

4 Para Table Tennis (PTT)

5 Para Table Tennis IPTTC was a standing committee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), in a transition period to move under the umbrella of ITTF, this period finished in The new name is Para Table Tennis Division (PTT) and it is part of ITTF 2400 Active players worldwide at international level Every year around 20 international tournaments are organized worldwide under the sanction of the PTT.

6 PTT Classification

7 Are we all equal?

8 Which criteria are used for classification in general sport?

9 What is classification?

10 ¿ Qué es el Sistema de Clasificación ? The use of the words Classification system indicates that there is a difference among athletes with a disability which is not acceptable or fair in a competition background.

11 How is the Classification System? WHEELCHAIR PLAYERS STANDING PLAYERS The players are seperated in 11 classes Class 1 to 5 Class 6 to 10 It should be noted that there is a range of severity differences between these classes It means that most disabled players with severe impairments reside in lower classes and those minimally disabled with mild impairments are in higher ones. INTELECTUALLY DISABLED PLAYERS Class 11

12 PTT Championships

13 International PTT Championships FactorChampionshipWho can play?Time 20International ChampionshipOpenNo 40ITTF Para TourRanked players only 2 years All tour 50Regional ChampionshipRegional playersEvery 2 years (Odd years) 80World ChampionshipQualified playersEvery 4 years 100Paralympic GamesQualified playersEvery 4 years

14 A contract was signed by Mr. Adham Sharara – ITTF President - and Mr Phil Craven – IPC President in 2008 PTT is thereafter under the ITTF umbrella Entries to international tournaments now can be done ONLY through the NF 2009 First elections of PTT authorities during an ITTF Annual General Meeting Integration International level

15 The most important specific PTT rules have been added to the ITTF rulebook. ITTF URC introduce PTT concepts into the regular umpires education. All new ITTF umpires receive PTT education. Rotterdam 2011 ITTF World Championships will include an exhibition of PTT players Rules International level

16 Development started the integration process in 2005, when the ITTF Executive Director for Development participated in the first IPTTC World Coaching Conference.. Soon after the first official coaching manual for athletes with a disability was released. The English version was printed in 2008, Arabic and Spanish 2009, Portuguese 2010 and French is ready to be printed. Development International level

17 Development A critical part of development is education, which includes courses for Coaches, Classifiers, Referees, Umpires, etc From 2000 to 2006 before starting the integration with the ITTF, PTT organised an average of 10 courses per year In 2007 and 2008 during the transition period within the ITTF, the average increased to 28 In 2009 and 2010 more than 40 courses per year were organised specifically about Para TT or including it in some of the topics. Those courses will be for Coaches, Classifiers, Umpires, Referees, Technical Delegates, Course Conductors, Women´s Courses and Women´s Forums. International level

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19 Future NEXT CHALLENGEIntegration at National Level National level

20 Practical considerations National level Establish a standard contract to govern integration Make an inventory of existing partners and relationships Discuss with various national authorities at international level (ITTF) at regional level at national level National secretariat for persons with a disability, equal opportunities commission, NOC, Ministry and Administrations of sports

21 Structure National level IOC NPTTC´s NTTA´s NPC´s NOC´s

22 - more human resources (players, coaches, leaders, organisers, umpires, referees, etc) - more financial resources (sponsors, Paralympic committee, etc) - more medal opportunities (PG, WC, RC)ONE SPORT = ONE FAMILY POSSIBILITIES Motivations for the Associations National level The integration process must be finalized at latest before 2012 Olympic – Paralympic Games

23 We are all equal for the law… But we are all different for the sport…

24 We play in different ways

25 But the passion is the same!

26 One sport, one family

27 Thank you for your attention! Para Table Tennis Division - Contacts : Oivind Eriksen – Chairperson Nico Verspeelt – Vice-Chairperson Alison Burchell – Secretary General


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