Table Tennis Blog
Respect your coach:
Back in the late 90's I idolised top players but I had an even greater respect for their coaches. I'll never forget hunting down Jean-Philip Gatian's coach. Gatien was a world champion (1993) and as a fellow lefty, I felt if I'm ever to become a world champion myself, I need to learn from someone who's taught him how to become a Champion!
Today as a coach myself, I realise what a huge role a coach has towards creating success for his/her players. And this has been highlighted even more so, recently. The Chinese supremacy seems to have decline drastically over the past few months, since former head Coach Liu Gouliang was pushed into a new role, inside the Chinese's Table Tennis association.
Liu, had an aura and presence which kept players in check and coaches working together in harmony.
The head coach requires so many skills to ensure success in his camp. But unfortunately, many don't realise or know the qualities required by top coaches to bring the best out of his/her players.
It's clear to see, since Liu, moved on that the Chinese players are unsure where and what they are meant to do. Even the coaches are seemingly lost and angered causing an overall decline in China's TT army.
What will the Chinese do? and will they be capable of regrouping, before the next major world table tennis event?
So.. my message is to always respect your TT coach especially if you or your club are successful,.
Written by Eli Baraty
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