AKOSUA KETU of the Sunyani Polytechnic and Dereck Abrefa of the Ghana Immigration Service won top prizes in the male and female categories respectively of the two-day Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) championship held at the D.G. Hathiramani Sports Hall of the Ohene Djan Stadium over the weekend.
According to Kwame Amponfi Jnr, Secretary General of GTTA, the event which was for senior players, attracted 131 competitors made up of 75 men and 56 women from all 10 regions of Ghana, except the Upper East region.
He said other participants were from the 8 national security services as well as table tennis clubs throughout the country.
“The objective was to select senior players into the national team, the Black Loopers, for international competitions in future”.
“Abrefa came first by defeating Courage Naneve of Ghana Navy at the quarter finals, Acquah Aikins of the Navy at the semi-finals and then Raymond Donkor of Police Service in the finals while Raymond thus placed second, Ernest Quarcoo of Greater Accra third, and Aikins fourth.”
Akosua on the other hand won the tournament after crushing Francisca Amankwah of the Fire Service at the quarter-final stage, Beatrice Gyasi of Ghana Police Service at the semis and Cynthia Kwabi of Ghana Immigration Service at the finals.
Mr. Amponfi disclosed that the event was sponsored by the National Sports Council (NSC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports.
Honorable Prince Oduro-Mensah, CEO of the NSC in a speech read on his behalf by Charles James Aryeh, Chief Administrative Officer, commended the GTTA for its proactive action, charging the technical handlers to be fair and firm, and train the players to be respectful, law-abiding, peaceful and patriotic particularly during the electioneering period.
He advised the players to be disciplined in order to attract the council's continuing sponsorship.
Sqd. Ldr (Rtd) Ebo Bartels, GTTA Chairman thanked the sponsors and the technical committee for making the championship a success and charged the players to remain dedicated to their training.
By Pierre Toto