During the period of Dec 16th-21st Puerto hosted the 7th Pre-Cadeted Caribbean Tournament. Although Curaçao was not able to send his U11 and U13 table tennis players to this tournament because of school exams in this period, the president of our federation went there with the following aims.
Do networking: introduce himself as president whereby, he meets the other presidents of the federations present on this tournament, especially the president of the Caribbean Table Tennis Federation, Mr. Juan Vila, who is the president of the federation of the Republic Dominican as well and the president of the Puertorican Table Tennis Federation (FPTM), Mr. Ivan Santos.
Besides abovementioned presidents he met the president of the Surinam Table Tennis Federation (STTB), Mr. Desiré Hooghart as well.
He talked on several occasions with them with regards the table tennis development in the Caribbean and the type of aims Curacao can received to meet certain targets and reach certain level. He talked about the organization-, technical and financial aspects in order to see where we have to do certain adjustment or alignment in Curaçao.
Also he used this opportunity to inform all the participated countries in this tournament about Curacao intention to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Curaçao Table Tennis Federation in 2016. In this context we plan to organize an invitational tournament for the juniors sometimes in July. Besides Puerto Rico, Republic Dominican, Surinam there were also coaches and trainers from Jamaica, Aruba en Barbados.
On his trip back to Curaçao he stayed over in St Maarten where he met the president of the St Maarten table tennis Federation Mr. Alexander Gumbs. They talked about the Dutch Caribbean Youth Tournament and its cooperation protocol and he was very enthusiastic about it. He would send him the protocol, so he can present it to the rest of his board.