Rio hosts table tennis

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Always enthusiastic in developing the sport of table tennis, expert Nelson Machado was on duty for a self funded International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Level One Coaches Course in Rio de Janeiro in early October 2010.

The course was staged on the occasion of the 41st Brazilian National Championships; the city of Rio de Janeiro was the natural choice for the event, with sporting eyes in the South American country now being very much focused on 2016 and the Olympic Games. A total of 12 coaches from states in Brazil attended the four day programme. "All participants followed the Community Leader Course lasting three hours, the School Teacher Course of six hours and the Club Coach programme of 12 hours, " explained Machado. "After completing 30 hours of practical coaching, including five hours supervised, the coaches will be evaluated for the ITTF level One Award. "A thorough course was the order of matters and it very much fulfilled one of the major aims of the ITTF Development Department; that being to encourage associations to seize the initiative to conduct courses of this nature. Furthermore, it is an aspect of table tennis that motivates Nelson Machado; he is the driving force behind the club ADM Marilia, the town of Marilia being in São Paulo state but over 500 kilometres from the of São Paulo, very much the hub of Brazilian table tennis. At ADM Marilia, Machado has initiated a wide variety of programmes to promote table tennis, the accent usually being very much focused on development. " The importance of this course is to teach method of introducing table tennis to clubs and schools, ", said Machado. "My thanks to Dr Alaor Gaspar Pinto Azevedo, the President of the Brazil Table Tennis Confederation and his support in order to try to increase the number of coaches in Brazil. "

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