Para Course for Far East and South Pacific Result of Respected History
Wong Pui Yee a regular competitor in FESPIC events
Photo By: Courtesy of Silas Chiang
Bronze medallist in the Women`s Singles Class 5 event at the recent French Para Table Tennis Championships in the city of Nantes and one step higher in the Women`s Team Class 5 competition, Hong Kong`s Wong Pui Yee is amongst the list of athletes who will compete in the forthcoming London 2012 Paralympic Games.
She is a regular face at Para Table Tennis events; no more so than at the FESPIC Regional Championships, an organization that from 1997 has held regional championships ever two years.
Wong Pui Yee has been ever present in a competition that was the second to follow the biennial principle; the other being the European Para Table Tennis Championships.
First Sport In fact, Para Table Tennis was also the first sport to have regular regional championships in the FESPIC regions.
The name of FESPIC Championships was used up to 2003 when it was changed to Asian and South Pacific and then to Asian and Oceania as from 2007.
Direct Result It is as a direct result of such forward thinking policies that table tennis has been chosen by the FESPIC Development Fund Committee for a Para Table Tennis Course that will be held in Suwon City, Korea from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 22nd October 2012.
The course is supported by the Korean Table Tennis Association, places are offered to one coach and one player from each of the 15 nations and territories within the FESPIC region.
Acronym FESPIC Games is the acronym for the Far East and South Pacific region. The initials have been most widely used for the FESPIC Games for the Disabled which started in 1975.
They were held on nine occasions until December 2006 when replaced by the Asian Para Games in 2010 in Guangzhou, China.
left to right Posters for the FESPIC Games staged in: Oita, Japan (1975); Sydney, Australia (1977 and Hong Kong, China (1982) Posters courtesy of Silas Chiang
Area The FESPIC region covered the whole of Asia, except the Middle East which was grouped together with Africa until 2006. In addition it encompassed the South Pacific region, a total 60 member nations or territories being involved.
Eighteen members from the South Pacific, eleven from South East Asia, nine from West Asia, eight from South Asia and seven from each of Central Asia and East Asia.
The Fund In 2006, when the FESPIC Federation was dissolved some money was left and a development fund was set up aiming at helping developing nations in the FESPIC region to promote sports for people with disabilities.
The Fund was managed by the FESPIC Development Fund Committee. There were some development programmes proposed since 2006 but none of them was approved due to the fact that they were not aiming at FESPIC members
left to right Posters for the FESPIC Games staged in: Surkata, Indonesia (1986); Kobe, Japan (1989) and Beijing, China (1994) Posters courtesy of Silas Chiang
Subsidies Airfare Subsidies to Participants from the Developing Nations/Territories In order to attract the participation of those developing nations in the FESPIC region, travel subsidies up to US$ 800 per person or half of the airfare whichever is appropriate, will be granted to those with a desire to develop and promote Para Table Tennis in their nations.
Organisation Organiser: The FESPIC Development Fund Committee and the Korean Table Tennis for the Disabled; Funding Body : The FESPIC Development Fund Committee; Sponsoring Organization : ITTF Para Table Tennis Division, providing a free 30 manuals will be provided Supporting Organization : The Korean Veterans Sports Council, providing venues for the Course; Chairman of the FESPIC Development Fund : Dr. Park Chung-Il Chairman of the Organizing Committee : Mr. Silas Chiang
left to right Posters for the FESPIC Games staged in: Bangkok, Thailand (1999); Busan, Korea (2002 and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2006) Posters courtesy of Silas Chiang
left FESPIC logo centre the logo for the 1st FESPIC Table Tennis Championships organized in Hong Kong in 1997, an event which attracted 106 players from 11 member organisations right the logo for the Asian and Oceania Table Tennis Championships in Hong Kong in 2011, which saw 183 players from 15 members compete. Logos courtesy of Silas Chiang