One hour to go until the annual ITTF Junior Commission meeting gets underway.
Some new faces will appear this year, which is good news for the commission and healthy for the ITTF.The role of the ITTF Junior Commission is to evaluate the ITTF GJP and make recommendations to the ITTF Ex committee and the Ex board concerning matters related to junior activities within the ITTF.
Spent the best part of the morning watching Egypt vs Germany in the Junior Boys group stage final match. Egypt would have advanced with win , but was not up to the challenge and lost 0-3. Omar Assar – the undisputed nr one Egyptian Junior dropped his third match i a row here in Colombia against the German nr two Philipp Floritz , three games to one with the team match very much alive. Disappointing of course for Omar and for the Egyptian team who had a good preparation run with Peter Karlsson in Falkenberg prior to the event.
The scenario with a young promising player failing to deliver at major events is not new. Instead it is pretty common for a young ambitious eighteen year old to run into a few bumps in the road, especially when expectations from outside and from yourselves reaches the roof almost overnight.
I have a feeling than many coaches and players fail to analyze success. What i mean is to break down and take enough time to reflect and analyze matches. The thinking is way too often Black (loss) or White (win) and nothing in between. In reality both ends of the scale will need quality time to be understood. A very good sports-psychologist that i worked with during my time as the national coach in Denmark once said ; Use the 10 to 1 ratio. 10 minutes to break down the wins – why ? – what did i do good ? – tactical elements – execution etc and 1 minute on the losses..
So , for Omar and the Egyptian Boys team, it will be an easy after match meeting.. 1 minute x 3.. that is if the follow Mr Ravnholts model . True is that dwelling never works. And to be perfectly honest, i am convinced that the journey for Egyptian Table Tennis – both for the girls team and for the boys just is about to start. To quote Peter Karlsson who watched the match with me ;
” Maybe it is good for Omar to hit a few bumps in the road already now. Still like his attitude and match appearance. You can see it in the eyes at times. He has sharp eyes , generally a good body language and always show ambition to win.. Thats good. We have to realize that ten years from now Omar is 28.. Thats a good age for a table tennis player” Peter said
Meeting around the corner – cheers