The Ghana Table Tennis Association is set to host the first edition of the National Junior Talent Discovery Series on Saturday October 2, 2021 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The event is part of the association’s objectives to find young hopes for the various national teams and for future glory.
More than 300 young players have been invited to participate in the highly anticipated event in the U-11, U-15, U-18 and U-21 categories respectively of the boys and girls categories.
GTTA President Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu in an interaction with the media on Monday September 27, 2021 said that the return of the sport is important for the association.
“The reason the National Youth Tournament is important is that for us it is one of our important cornerstones, it is the way to progress and to ensure that the sport reaches a level that will not be only important in this country, but will once again become the largest in Africa, ”he said.
“And so, giving young people a lot of energy and playing actively is very important to us and that is the reason why the table tennis season ends following the national youth tournament,” he said. added.
He again added that the association has put in place measures to ensure the dissemination of the game locally across the country.
“We are attracting interest from across the country. Table tennis is a national sport and rightly our competitions must see the participation of all regions, now we are far from covering all 16 regions.
“But our goal is that by the time we finish this season, entering a competition, we should have a structure and make sure that every region has representation and that every region is able to provide a path for young people to playing actively. And not just playing actively, but having a good spirit of technical support and where there is talent, we provide the means for that talent to flourish, ”said GTTA President Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu.
According to the president, the association wants to improve the participation of women in all major competitions.
He revealed that they have introduced a very important female platform to implement.
“One of GTTA’s most important interventions is a project called ‘SHEROES Project’. The essence of the project with the support of the ITTF is to ensure that we create the space where women thrive in table tennis.
“And so it is not only at the level of the players but the whole support system that will allow women to be able to play table tennis, participate in table tennis, live in a table tennis community, be part of the world of table tennis at the highest level they find themselves in, ”he said.
“So we are mainly looking for players, but we are also looking for coaches, referees, administrators, indeed our vision and our dream is that very soon we will have a president of GTTA who is a woman”, he underlined. .