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From Guangzhou to Guadalajara, the Result is Just the Same
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Esther bayon (left) and Helen Ponce (right) with the signed agreement  05/29/2011

05/29/2011        Photo By: Gabriel Munguia

The MSL Group, whose headquarters are based in the Spanish capital city of Madrid, was the organisation who proved a highly successful results system at the Asian Games staged in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in November 2010.

Table Tennis was one of the most prominent sports on view in Guangzhou.

Equally when the Pan American Games are staged in the Mexican city of Guadalajara in October 2011, table tennis will be to the fore; 40 men and 40 women will be contesting the team and singles titles on offer.

The level of play, with the Asian Games having Olympic and World champions on view, might not quite reach Guangzhou standards but in Guadalajara but the competition will be just as fierce, perhaps even more fierce and the results system will match anything Guangzhou was able to offer.

MSL Once Again
Once again MSL will provide the results system and all the modern day graphics and innovations that are included in such a concept.

For over 25 years, the MSL Group has successfully worked to provide real-time computerized results, information systems and services for the major sports events.

Available in Spanish
Furthermore and particularly appropriate for the Pan American Games is that their website is available in both English and Spanish.

Agreement Signed
On Sunday 29th May 2011 in Guadalajara an agreement was signed involving all parties to utilise the MSL results and allied systems for the table tennis events at the forthcoming Pan American Games.

Representing Pan American Games Organisation & MSL
Helen Ponce, the Sports Services Manager a former 110 metre hurdler with a Masters’ Degree in Sport, signed on behalf of the Pan American Games Organising Committee alongside Esther Bayon, the Pan American Games Results Systems Manager.

Esther Bayon studied in Madrid and was present in similar role at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

Extensive Experience
Both have extensive experience of Pan American Games organisation; both were present in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2003 with Esther Bayon commencing work for the 2011 Pan American Games Organisation immediately the event in Santo Domingo had concluded.

Four years later, when the Pan American Games concluded in Rio de Janeiro Helen Ponce joined the organisation.

Representing Table Tennis
Melecio Rivera, ITTF Executive Vice President signed in his role as Technical Delegate for the table tennis events at the Pan American Games with Raul Calin, the ITTF Competition Manager for the table tennis events at the Pan American Games, signing on behalf of the International Table Tennis Federation.

Signing on the dotted line
(left to right) Esther Bayon, Melecio Rivera, Helen Ponce, Raul Calin

Photo by Gabriel Munguia


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