Over 300 younger ping-pong gamers will converge on the DG Hathiramani Corridor on the Accra Sports activities Stadium on Saturday for a fierce showdown on this yr’s version of the Ghana Desk Tennis Affiliation’s (GTTA) Nationwide Youth Championship.
The competitors will host occasions in each female and male classes within the U-21, U-18, U-15 and U-11 age divisions the place they are going to compete in a better of three format earlier than switching to a greatest of 5 format from the quarter-finals stage.
Dubbed ‘Expertise meets Alternative’, the competitors which is anticipated to kickstart the ping-pong season additionally kinds a part of the GTTA’s quest to unearth nationwide skills by way of their Discovery Collection initiative.
Saying the occasion on the Accra Sports activities Stadium Media Centre on Monday, president of the GTTA, Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu stated it was vital that the brand new table-tennis calendar begun with the youth championship as that represented the foundational stone and path to progress for the game to develop past the shores of Ghana.
He revealed that as an affiliation, they have been elated on the report variety of women registered to take part on this yr’s version and the nationwide curiosity the occasion was garnering.
He stated the GTTA was bent on increasing its actions to all 16 areas as table-tennis was a nationwide sport that wanted to be accessed by the most effective expertise with Saturday’s competitors a significant step in unearthing expertise forward of the African Video games to be hosted in Ghana in 2023 and the Olympic Video games in Paris in 2024.
Mr Afadzinu revealed that GTTA was rolling out huge initiatives for feminine table-tennis this season together with the ‘Sheroes’ challenge backed by the Worldwide Desk-Tennis Federation (ITTF)
“That is to make sure that an area is created for females to thrive in table-tennis and never simply on the degree of the gamers however the entirety of the help system that might enable females, regardless of their function in table-tennis, to thriveand really feel a part of an enormous a part of the table-tennis neighborhood.”
He added that the gender that had chalked most success for Ghana in table-tennis was the feminine division and Ghana’s probabilities of success in table- tennis was at all times enhanced when the feminine division was strengthened.
In accordance with Mr. Afadzinu, as a part of the ‘Sheroes’challenge, a nationwide youth championship,designed for less than females, a seminar and a challenge that inspired extra girls to pursue careers in different areas of the game together with teaching, umpiring and administrative work, will start.
BY NANA BENTSI ODURO