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in the face of tough competition, the Algerians ready to shine

In anticipation of the games in Oran, an enlarged group of athletes, made up of 24 table tennis players, including 12 women, had begun pre-selection preparation, before seeing the workforce reduced to 10 athletes, including 5 women, selected for the resulting from a series of courses organized locally.

At the JM tournament, each selection will involve six athletes (3 girls and 3 boys). Algeria will participate, in the events (individual and team) with its six best table tennis players, and the objective of “improving, at least”, the result of the last participation of Algerian table tennis in Tarragona (11th place for boys and 12th for girls). “We will aim for at least the 5th position in boys and the 8th in girls”, indicated to the APS, the DTN, Chérif Derkaoui, adding that according to the regulations in force, each country will participate in two singles (boys) and the same in girls.

To do this, the ten athletes forming the national team took part, on June 10 and 11, in the Algerian championship, seniors of all categories, before traveling to France for a pre-competitive course from June 14 to 23. in the high level center of the City of Boulogne. The group will join just after the Mediterranean village in Oran.

During the preparation of the national elite, supervised by the national trainer Mustapha Belahcène, the work had been focused on the physical, technical and psychological aspects of the athletes who also had the opportunity to rub shoulders with high-level table tennis players in various competitions, such as the open tournaments in Qatar, Sultanate of Oman, Tunisia, as well as the North African championship qualifying for the African championship in Algiers and the African Cup of nations in Nigeria.

Referring to the Mediterranean Games-2022, the national coach said that the table tennis tournament of this major sporting event will, without a doubt, be dominated by European table tennis players, especially those from Spain and Italy.

Regarding the Arab selections, Mustapha Belhacène considers Egypt as the best placed to shine, knowing that it has already been crowned at JM-2018 in Tarragona.

In addition to the competition aspect, Algerian table tennis will have a strong presence in the Oran games in arbitration, with the designation of the CIJM of a total of 24 national referees and six foreigners. The distribution is made on the basis of two referees for each of the 8 competition tables, a main referee, a competition director and 5 or 6 substitutes.

In anticipation of WYD-2022, two refresher and knowledge updating courses were organized by the Algerian Table Tennis Federation (FATT) for the benefit of 20 national referees, activating on an international scale. The first was held last January in Sétif, under the direction of the two international referees, Abdallah Bendjihad and Said Lanasri, while the second took place at the beginning of June, under the supervision of the international referee, holder of the blue badge, Abdullah Budjahem.

Regarding the participation of Algerian athletes in the games of Oran, three male table tennis players will be selected from a list of five (Sami Kharouf, Chaichi Abdelbasset, Larbi Bouriah, Mehdi Bouloussa and Belkadi Aissa). The same quota is set for female participation where three table tennis players will be chosen from the following five: Katia Kessassi, Lynda Laghribi, Widad Nouari, Melissa Nasri and Hadjer Tahmi.

The schedule of table tennis events

Sunday, June 26, 2022

10.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m.: Men’s and women’s teams (1st preliminary round) pools 3 sequences / day

12:30-3:00 p.m. (lunch break)

3:30-5:00 p.m.: Men’s and women’s teams (2nd preliminary round)

5:00-6:00 p.m.: short break

6:00-8:00 p.m.: Men’s and women’s teams (3rd preliminary round)

Monday, June 27, 2022

10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Men’s and women’s teams (Quarter-finals)

12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: (lunch break)

2:30-4:30 p.m.: Men’s and women’s teams (Semi-finals)

4:30-6:00 p.m.: short break

6 p.m.-8 p.m.: Men’s and women’s teams (Finals) + 3/4th place (Men and Women)

Medal Ceremony

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Men’s and Women’s Singles (chickens)

12h00-15h00: (lunch break)

3:00-5:15 p.m.: Men’s and Women’s Singles (pools)

5:15-6:00 p.m.: short break

6:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m.: Men’s and Women’s Singles (hens)

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

10:00-10:50 a.m.: Men’s and Women’s Singles (consolation/draw of 16 players)

10.50am-12.30pm: Men’s and Women’s Singles (continued)

12:30-2:30 p.m.: (lunch break)

2:30-3:20 p.m.: Men’s and Women’s Singles (qualification/consolation)

3:20-4:10 p.m.: Men’s and Women’s Singles (matches 2)

4:10-5:00 p.m.: Men’s and Women’s Singles (sequence 2)

5:00-5:50 p.m.: Men’s and Women’s Singles (semi-final/consolation)

5:50-6:40 p.m.: Men’s and Women’s Singles (sequence 2)

7:30-8:20 p.m.: Men’s and Women’s Singles (finals/consolation)

Thursday, June 30, 2022

10h00-11h40: Men’s and Women’s Singles (qualification)

11.40am-2.10pm: (lunch break)

14h10-15h00: Simple Dames (demi-finale)

3:00-3:50 p.m.: Men’s Singles (semi-final)

4:40-5:30 p.m.: Ladies’ Singles (3rd and 4th places)

5:30-6:20 p.m.: Men’s Singles (3rd and 4th places)

18h20-19h10: Simple Dames (finale)

7:10-8:00 p.m.: Men’s singles (final).

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