During the entire weekend in Poitiers, more than 400 athletes suffering from mental disability participated in the French championship for table tennis. This is the last national meeting before the European games scheduled this time in Poland.
This time, it’s good. Reported twice in 2020 in 2021 and raison de la crise sanitaire liée au COVID-19, the championship de France for table tennis and enfin lieu. On 10 and 12 June 2022, 350 for the athletes will face Poitiers during the singles and doubles tournaments.
With 97 adapted sports clubs and associations distributed throughout France, the para pongists compete in three classifications: AB, BC and CD. During the tournament, depending on their classification, they compete in singles and doubles.
Pour neuf for the athletes du TTACC, the table tennis club of Poitiers, the selected participants in the championship of France, ces trois jours de tournoi sont un aboutissement. “They are trained once a week, they all qualify for one shot and today they are so proud to be there”, Explained Laure Le Mallet, coach du TTACC.
They had to learn to manage their emotions. They have made a lot of progress, they have won autonomy.Laure Le Mallet, TTACC coach.
Each year on the tournament, TTACC will record its qualification record this year. “Usually there are always three or four who pass the qualifications. This year they are nine, it’s huge”, Congratulates Laure Le Mallet. For her, this tournament is forcibly beneficial to players with psychological disabilities. “They haven’t all played ping pong in a long time. Our priority was to teach them to play doubles. They had to learn to generate their emotions. They have made a lot of progress, they have won autonomy”.
Background music and friendly atmosphere: despite the turmoil of the competition, the athletes have a jovial mood this Saturday. “After two years without seeing each other, it was a big party for them. They are all content to see”, Confesses Elodie Philipponneau, of the Vienna Adaptive Sports Departmental Committee.
Since the release of the health crisis, the public can once again attend sports competitions. Another strong time of the championship. “Admission is free so we don’t count the number of spectators, but we have the beautiful world and we will be there until Sunday”, Assures Elodie Philipponneau.