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Ghana will improve its medal hall at WATTC – Mawuko Afadzinu

Ghana Table Tennis Association Mawuko Afadzinu who also doubles as Ghana Olympic Committee’s first Vice President is confident that team Ghana will win more medals at this year’s West Africa Regional Table Tennis Championship.

Ghana will host this year’s edition of the West African Table Tennis Championship and will be looking to improve its performance from the last championship in Nigeria which team Ghana won a silver and a bronze medal.

Speaking at the Trust Sports Emporium President of the Ghana Table Tennis Association Mr. Afadzinu expressed his belief in team Ghana saying that they want to improve the medal Hall compared to what the team achieved in Nigeria last year.

According to him this is part of the walk to a restoration of Glory in Table tennis and to some extent give an opportunity to Ghana’s talents to play against the best players who are based in Europe

Mawuko Afadzinu was excited about the competition commencing and spoke about Ghana’s chances at this year’s edition.

“This day is massive I mean if you look at the energy in the hall. The hall is filled up, this is table tennis and it speaks to the latent passion we have been able to ignite” he said.

“Defeating Ivory Coast in the men’s team game in the first match is a significant statement it gives us a clear path to possibly get to the finals and start playing for the silver”

“We hope that the next matches pick up and we maintain that same trajectory” he added

Mr Afadzinu also presented an Educational Scholarship of GHC2,000 to talents that were identified in the previous Championship

Eight teams from the West Africa region will compete in four different events at the West Africa Regional Table Tennis Championship that is Men’s singles and team , Women’s singles and team.

Benin Republic, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Togo will accompany Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Senegal in this year’s event.

The Ghana Table Tennis Association accepted to host the championship despite a late notice as it looks to use it as part of the preparations for the 2023 African Games to be held in Ghana in March 2024.

The championship will also be part of the process involved in selecting players to represent Team Ghana at the African Games next year.

The competition will also seek to award the first four players in each category with the winners going on to represent their respective countries at the Africa Championship which is slated for September 2023 in Tunisia.

The Black Loopers of Ghana beat Cote d’Ivoire three one in their first game, three two in their second game and three one and three two in their third and fourth game

Ghana’s top-notch table tennis star, Felix Lartey received support from globally recognized table tennis equipment company GEWO USA.

Lartey, who currently plight his trade with the Westchester Table Tennis Centre in the USA received GEWO branded table tennis equipment and accessories that is GEWO blades, sets of GEWO PRO 48 Nexus El rubbers, bags, GEWO clothing among others and donated it to table tennis clubs in Ghana

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