Two top Chinese table tennis players are giving young Pakistani men and women a training programme in preparation for the 1978 Asian Games.
GVS & SVS Chen-Hsu teaching young men physical training (4 shots)
GV PAN Chinese coach teaching boys to become agile
GV PAN Girls practising quick movements (2 shots)
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MV PAN INTERIOR Cheng Hua-Cheng giving practical demonstrations to girls at table (3 shots)
SV & BACK VIEW Two Pakistani girls playing while being watched by coach
SPORT: TABLE TENNIS
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Background: Two top Chinese table tennis players are giving young Pakistani men and women a training programme in preparation for the 1978 Asian Games.
Ten girls, and seventeen young men under the age of twenty, are being trained at the National Table Tennis Camp in Islamabad.
Pakistan has had difficulty attracting women into the game, mainly because of the baggy clothes the women wear for religious reasons.
At the last games, the Pakistani women finished seventeenth out of sixty-two countries and the men twenty-second.
The two coaches, Yao Chen-Hsu and Cheng hua-Cheng, have been concentrating on getting their pupils fit and agile and giving them plenty of match practice.
They are the first coaches to go to Pakistan under an agreement with China
Pakistan is sending hockey and squash players to give instruction to the Chinese in those sports.
SYNOPSIS: Promising young Pakistani men and women table tennis players are getting the best instruction, from two top Chinese players at Pakistan's National Table Tennis Camp at Islamabad. The coaches, Yao Chen-Hsu and Cheng Hua-Cheng, are in Pakistan under a cultural and scientific treaty between the two countries. And the pakistanis are taking advantage of the agreement to help improve their table tennis standard for the next Asian games in three years time.
Pakistan has had trouble encouraging women players, mainly because of the baggy shlwar and kamiz they wear, because of religious reasons, But the Chinese say stamina is the most important aspect of the game, and they have been giving their pupils plenty of hard physical exercise. These two coaches will be in Islamabad for a year.
They claim the Pakistanis still have a long way to go before they reach the high standard of the Far Eastern countries.
Two more groups of coaches will visit Pakistan over the next two years, while Pakistan will send squash and hockey players to China to give the Chinese specialised coaching in those sports. At the last Games the Pakistani women's table tennis team finished seventeenth and the men twenty-second from sixty-two countries. Pakistan will soon pick its national team which will tour the country in October.