MTA geared up for world congress
Mifsud - MTA championship winner
2006 is a special one for the Medical Tennis Association (MTA). The organisation, founded in 1979, has been entrusted with the hosting of the 36th annual congress of the World Medical Tennis Association which takes place between October 14 and 21 at the Hilton.
Congress organisers Prof. A.J. Psaila, MTA director, and Michael Abele, of Mondial Travel, left no stone unturned to make sure that the congress will be a success.
They travelled to different countries these past few years and attended previous annual congress meetings to gather as much information as possible. Prof. Psaila and Abele have been to Indonesia, Austria and Poland.
It is expected that between 300 and 400 MDTA members from the United States, Europe, Japan and other Far Eastern countries, along with the families, will attend the Malta Congress which also involves the staging of the Doctors' Tennis Annual World Championship.
There will also be an international medical conference on Preventive and Sports Medicine and various other social functions where participants will taste the culture, history, cuisine and folklore of the Maltese islands.
Registration, official programme and scientific sessions will all be held at the Hilton, the official base of the congress. Tennis competitions will be played at the Marsa Sports Club mainly with some fixtures scheduled for the Tennis Club Kordin and the Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club.
Meanwhile, the MTA has a new champion - Matthew Mifsud. He won the 2005 championship without losing a single set.
Dr Mifsud, aged 27 and hailing from Tarxien, has been playing at the Tennis Club Kordin under the guidance of Benny Vidal since his childhood. He qualified MD (University of Malta) in 2002 and now works at St Luke's Hospital, specialising in gynaecology.
The championship runner-up is Gozitan Fernando Pisani, another University of Malta graduate who was MTA champion in 2003 and runner-up in 2004. Dr Pisani specialises in accident and emergency work at St Luke's.
Former champion Pankash Pandya, the 2004 winner, was working abroad and unavailable for the tournament.
In all, 22 players took part. Audrey Camilleri, a dental surgeon, and the only female competitor, did well and reached the semi-final stages. The other semi-finalist was Paul Mangion.
The 2006 championship gets underway this month. The MTA is urging doctors and dentists who reside here to become members and participate in competitions organised by the association.
One may obtain more details by phoning MTA officials Dr Pierre Sammut (9949-0930) or Louise Micallef (25951305).