by Ian Marshall
National team selections earlier in the year headed to Tokyo, the ITTF Costa Brava Spanish Para Open 2021 offers budding players the chance to savor the international stage.
In particular the British Andrew Green and Andrew Guy, members of the Pathway team, make their debut.
New names but make no mistake, the most worthy names appear on the list of registrants; those who have found success on the biggest stage of all.
Hungarian Peter Palos, gold medalist in men’s singles category 11 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and later in Tokyo 2016, competes as does Spaniard Jorge Cardona and his colleague Juan Perez.
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, alongside José Ruiz, they took silver in the men’s team category 9-10.
Likewise, the Belgian Marc Ledoux and the Norwegian Tommy Urhaug are on duty.
Among a host of other achievements, Tommy Urhaug won gold in the men’s singles class 5 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, eight years earlier in Athens, Marc Ledoux teamed up with Mathieu Loicq and Nico Vergeylen to claim the title in class 8 men per team.
Paralympic Games medalists present at Platja d’Aro, the same goes for the women; Norwegian Aida Dahlen’s name is on the entry list; in Tokyo, she was a bronze medalist in class 8.
Overall, a total of 131 athletes from 16 member associations are scheduled to compete; there are 34 nominated players in the wheelchair category (classes 1-5) and 97 in the standing events (classes 6-11). Class 11 is intended for people with intellectual disabilities.