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Sports News of Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Source: Nicholas Akussah, Contributor

Over 250 young table tennis players billed for GTTA Junior Championship

Treasurer of the Ghana Table Tennis Association, Mr. William Asare Treasurer of the Ghana Table Tennis Association, Mr. William Asare

The Treasurer of the Ghana Table Tennis Association, GTTA, Mr. William Asare has revealed that over 250 players are expected to partake in the upcoming junior championship.

The championship which has attracted international recognition from the ITTF-Africa is to unearth potential talents for the national team.

It has been slated for Saturday, 2nd October 2021 at the Hathramani Hall, Accra Sports Stadium.

The event will witness tight competitions from players in the U-11, U-15, U-18, and U-21 of the boys and girls categories.

According to William Asare, the negative hit of the COVID-19 has hindered the progress of the association.

He, however, disclosed that the association has put out major competitions and training events to improve the level of play of the junior players.

"Though we have been hit hard by the virus, the president and executives have outlined programs for the young ones and it will start very soon. We are also engaging the various regional associations to see how best we can improve the game," he said.

"The federation is also keen on promoting female sports and was very happy that this event has attracted more young female talents. Among the events that would be rolled out after this junior championship is the "GTTA SHEROES" project which concentrates on young females in the sports," he added.

He expressed his gratitude to some individuals and corporate entities that have helped shaped the sport.

"We are grateful to Stanbic Bank, the Director for National Sports Authority, African World Airline for the support they have shown to Table Tennis over the years," he stated.

The deserving winners of the event will walk home with medals, trophies, cash prizes, souvenirs, certificates among others.