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Over D1M worth of table tennis equipment to be distributed in schools

Oct 10, 2013, 4:32 PM | Article By: Adama K. Jallow

A set of sixteen table tennis equipment worth about $32,000 was yesterday handed over to the president of the Table Tennis Association (TTA), to be distributed to16 schools in regions across the country.

The presentation ceremony, held yesterday at the GNOC building, brought together member associations and government officials.

Speaking at the ceremony, GNOC president Alh. Momodou Dibba said the development or equipment came as a result of their meetings and cooperation with the NOC of Turkey, adding that they are also working on signing a memorandum of understanding between the two NOCs in support of sport in The Gambia to provide basic equipment and training among others.

TTA president Peter Prom thanked the GNOC for their development programmes, adding that the equipment boost is aimed at developing the tennis discipline from the grassroots where students could be nurtured on the game to emerge professionals in the future.

From this initiative, Mr Prom noted, they want to have professionals who will compete at school, regional, national and global level and to be gold medalists in global competitions in the future.

Musa O. Mendy of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education thanked the heads of the GNOC and the TTA for the initiative, saying the equipment will be properly used.

The beneficiaries included Nassir SSS, Diabugu SSS, Bansang SSS, Amitage SSS, Keneba UBS, Kwenella UBS, Farefenni SSS, St. Michael BSC, Jamisa LBS, Mayork SSS, Bottrop UBS and SSS, July 22nd Academy, Bakau UBS, Muhammedan LBS, Bakau New Town LBS and Gambia Senior Secondary School.