Cuban high-performance coach returns to fortify table tennis structure


Based on a collaboration between the Table Tennis Federations of Guyana and Cuba, seasoned high-performance coach Osdani Romero Garcia has returned for a second stint. The main goal is to strengthen the national team programme.

Garcia’s previous stint was in 2019, and it lasted two months. The Cuban is now back for three months.

With Guyana scheduled to compete in key tournaments across all age groups, the lead national coach for Cuba wants to raise the intensity of training.

Through his translator, Seon Erskine, the Cuban coach explained he is happy to be back for a longer period and is very conscious of the fact he will be working with different levels of players, but it is with one objective of helping them achieve their best.

According to Coach Garcia, his role is to complement the work currently being done by the national coaches, however, his main attention will be on the seniors, who will have a greater volume of high-intensity woks.

For the juniors, the objectives are more technical and tactical for their impending competitions.

A key focus will be on enhancing the skills of the national players ahead of their busy international schedule

From April 28 to May 1, Jonathan Van Lange, Jasmine Billingy, Krystian Sahadeo and Thuraia Thomas will represent Guyana at the South American Youth Games in Argentina.

Guyana Table Tennis Association President, Godfrey Munroe is eyeing more thorough monitoring of players, from nutrition to cardiovascular levels, sleeping hours, and technical issues, which would allow them to truly gauge a player’s improvement or lack thereof.

The training sessions will be held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, the National Gymnasium and Malteenoes Sports Club.

The aim is to have a minimum of four hours a day per player. The various schedules have been developed to cater to school and work commitments.

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