GBTI/GTTA Inter-Organisation C/ships start today
Bragging rights among the organisations on who possess the best players in Guyana will soon be determined with the staging of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) and the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) Inter-Organisation Championships.
The GBTI/GTTA Table Tennis Championships will start at the Queens College Auditorium, and continues tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. Owed to major rehabilitation works currently undergoing at the National Gymnasium and Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, the GTTA was forced to reschedule the tournament.
The inter organisation championship is a signature event on the GTTA calendar of events since it brings together players from all realms and levels. It received a significant fillip under the current GTTA President, Commissioner of Police, Henry Greene.
A release from GTTA General Secretary, Godfrey Munroe, yesterday said that the concept of the tournament is to develop camaraderie among the players and better understanding of the various entities involved in sport. It also promotes healthy lifestyles among the working class and aims at getting individuals more enshrined in local sports.
With over 34 teams from various entities and sectors registered for the competition, and judging from last year’s tournament, which was dubbed ‘Balls of Fury’, keen rivalry and competition can be anticipated today when the event gets underway.
The US Embassy, Chinese Embassy, Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Police Force, Warsila, the Guyana Telephone & Telegraph, defending champions – Kashif and Shangai, Guyana Fire Service, Guysuco, Pritpaul Singh Investments Limited, Guyana Revenue Authority, the Bank of Novia Scotia, Bank of Guyana, Guyana Power and Light, Blue Thunder, GISE, the Ministry of Education, VSO are among the teams registered to compete this year.
From reports, players have been anticipating this competition and based on the rescheduling of the dates, some players were able to get in some added fine-tuning. Owed to the level of enthusiasm of the players, and the need to bring down the curtains on the GTTA 2011 calendar, the association persisted with the Inter-Organisation tournament.
The tournament will be played in a team format using legitimate members from their respective organisations. Play in the team event will see singles and doubles formats with the team winning the first three games being declared the ultimate winner.
An organisation can field a maximum of four teams. The singles edition of the competition was adopted last year, which crowns the champion individual player. Teams can still enter the contest by contacting GTTA Assistant General Secretary, Linden Johnson on 621-7630.