Jan 29, 2010 Sports Comments Off on GTTA serves off schools’ TT tourney
Sponsor commits to annual event
The Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) served off its Schools’ Table Tennis (TT) Teams tournament at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with the major sponsor, the Business School committing to making the event an annual one.
The GTTA had met Wednesday with representatives of the 25-plus schools registered for the event to bring them up to date with the competition rules, formats and structure ahead yesterday’s official launch of the weekend playoffs.
“I am enthused by the amount of players I see here today. The GTTA have lots of activity in store for junior players this year,” GTTA General Secretary, Godfrey Munroe stated at yesterday’s launching for the 2010 schools’ event.
“As I have said before, the youths are the developmental thrust for our future stars.
Much more youths involved mean that we have a bigger pool for national selection. The scope’s there for you to represent your country,” he added.
The enthusiasm witnessed yesterday as a sizeable crowd of students, teachers and parents turned out to the opening ceremony. The tournament had missed a few years and both the GTTA and sponsor humbly apologised to the players.
Director of the Business School, James Bovell promised that the table tennis tourney will be made an annual feature of the GTTA calendar following the overwhelming support of the schools on its return. He said it is here to officially stay.
“I want to feel that this tournament will be an annual feature from now. Business School recognises the importance of sports and education and I am impressed with the GTTA,” Bovell indicated, while also challenging them.
The Business School Director said that he would like to see the association take an active role in training coaches to be sent into the schools including his. He said he will willingly allocate a day for students to be trained in the sport.
Director of Sport, Neil Kumar, received the gesture and noted that the tourney leads up to the annual Mashramani and Independence table tennis tournaments, while he promised the two youngest players a racket each for their participation.
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