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30.09.2021 Tennis

GTTA to host National Youth Championship

By Sammy Heywood Okine
GTTA to host National Youth Championship
30.09.2021 LISTEN

The Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) is coming up with a Sheroes Project, an initiative geared towards encouraging females to play, participate and enjoy table tennis.

The president of the GTTA, Mr Mawuko Afadzinu, has revealed that his outfit will ensure the revival of the sport in all the regions of the country.

"The Sheroes Table Tennis Project in Ghana is premised on the fact that our history proves female table tennis players are the gender that has brought more international laurels for us," he revealed at a press briefing yesterday to officially announce Saturday's National Youth Championships at the Dayaran Gangaram (D.G) Hathiramani Hall of the Accra Stadium.

The event, dubbed "Discovery Series 1, Talent meets Opportunity", will witness over 300 young talents ranging from Under-21, U-18, U-15 and U-11 competing among each other for laurels.

Mr Afadzinu noted that the tournament was to create the opportunity for young table tennis talents to flourish and express themselves as to why their talents were being honed by experts.

He also announced the beginning of the ping-pong season and vowed to make the sport more popular than soccer.

"Our overall objective is to get a female president for the GTTA and empower our girls to love and appreciate the game," he explained.

Mr Afadzinu said his outfit had ensured that out of the 300 players so far registered to partake in Saturday's programme, half of them were females.

He thanked Africa Air, Promasidor and Stanbic Bank for their support for the initiative.

"This developmental project is tied to the next Olympic Games, and we are looking at the project that we will excel at the 2023 African Games and get a footing to qualify to the Olympics in 2024," he stated.

The national coach, Anthony Owusu Ansah, said the Under-21 and U-15 players comprising the cadet will compete together with the Under-11s known as the mini-cadets.

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