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TT coach hails team

Published:Friday | August 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence
Satoshi Takashima

Jamaica's team achiev-ements in the Caribbean Region Table Tennis Federation Mini and Pre-Cadet Championship has been predicted to be very good.

That's the view of Jamaica's Japanese coach Satoshi Takashima. Speaking on Wednesday at the National Arena in Kingston, Takashima praised Jamaica's all-round performance highlighted by a gold medal in the girls' Under-13 category.

The Jamaica 'A' team managed to win all its matches with 3-2 triumphs over the Dominican Republic and Jamaica 'B' followed by 3-0 successes over the combined Guyana-St Vincent team and Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to the gold and silver medals earned in an all-Jamaican girls' Under-11 team event, the host nation placed second in the Under-11 boys section and third among the Under-13 boys.

"I think our Jamaican team, Under-13, boys had tough games," he reviewed of a unit that beat St Lucia and St Vincent, but lost to Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Of the bronze medal, the former Japanese national player said, "this was our target in this championship.

"Overall, our team has been doing very, very good," he concluded.

Asked about players and teams that have caught his eye, he pinpointed the boys from the Dominican Republic. "They have very good basic skills," he observed. "I hope our players will follow the Dominican players in the near future", Takashima projected, "but we have to train more and more to master proper basic skills."

Some of those players spend some of the training time overseas and Takashima says he will look into the possibility of Jamaicans practising in his home country in the future.

"I hope so," was his response to the suggestion. "I will talk to my sponsor, JICA (Japanese International Co-operation Agency), and also the Embassy of Japan."