Table tennis hangs p8,000 cash prize :: Mmegi online

The Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) will open its doors to regional players for the first time in three years for the Botswana Open scheduled for early December.

The tournament is the first international tournament to be played at home since the 2018 AUSC Region V Games and offers a cash prize of P 8,000, which is one of the highest in the region. The Botswana Open, however, is only open to players from southern Africa. Speaking to Mmegi Sport, BTTA’s communications manager, Arthur Kgaswe believes the tournament will attract the best table tennis players in the region, as the “huge” money is used as a means to boost competition for the tournament. two days.

“There are always competitions like this open to players in the region, like the South African Regional Open. But if you watch them you will find that the price is R400 but players have to travel long distances. to play for such For the Botswana Open the price is well worth it. So we hope it will help attract some of the best away players, players from Zimbabwe, Angola and others countries in the region, “said Kgaswe. The Botswana Open will be held December 11-13, 2021 at BUAN Hall, Sebele. The gold medalist will pocket P8,000 while the second-placed player will walk away with P4,000, -finalists and the quarter-finals obtaining respectively P2 000 and P1 000.

The BTTA will also have the junior section, the Under 19 Cup. The winners of the junior category will pocket 2,000 P while the second and semi-finalists will receive 1,000 and 500 P for their sweat.

Meanwhile, the BTTA has appointed BDF Table Tennis Club veteran Thobo Matlhatsi as the national team coach. He will work alongside Boykie Selerio in the new technical squad setup that will guide a new team chosen from the National Team Selection Playoffs held recently. In form Bakang Maloka, Tshenolo Mooketsi, Tirelo Tshipinare and young Sean Dekop make up the men’s team. The women’s team is made up of Tshepiso Rebatenne, Constance Kuswani, Game Kebodiwang and Tshephang Kebodiwang.

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