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Iran national table tennis training camp concludes

Women in wheelchairs playing table tennis. Iranian women training in table tennis. Image credit: Iran Sports Federation for the Disabled.

With the Para Asian Games rapidly approaching, Iranian table tennis players finished a training camp in Tehran yesterday.   It was the second of four scheduled camps.

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Iran is not a traditional regional power in the sport. South Korea and China are the dominant teams in the region.  The most recent ITTF rankings do not have any ranked sitting Iranian men. In the men’s standing classes, Mahdi  Hatefi Ardekani is ranked 243rd in the world, Hossein  Jafari Nostratabad is ranked 257th, and Nazemi Sadegh is ranked 268th.  In women’s sitting, Maryam Gilanilarimi is ranked 73rd in the world and Maryam Alizadehmehdimahaleh is ranked 98th. In women’s standing, Fatemeh Mohammadi  is ranked 54th in the world.  None of these competitors were part of the Iranian team at the 2010 Para Asian Games, nor at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

 

The Para Asian Games are scheduled to take place in Incheon, South Korea in late October of this year. The inaugural Para Asian Games took place in 2010 in China, and Iran sent one of the largest delegation with 162 athletes.  From a team of eight players,  Iranian won a pair of medals, a silver and a bronze, at the competition.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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