Feb 3, 2010, 12:35 PM
Players of the Gambia Table Tennis Association (GTTA) have intensified preparatory programme ahead of next month’s National Table Tennis Championship slated for the second week of July 2011, Pointsport can reveal.
“We are gearing up for our annual National Table Tennis Championship, which will include 8 teams in our bid to scout and identify the new talented table tennis players who will represent the association in the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games,” says David Olawale Cole, head coach of the Gambia Table Tennis Association.
The July tournament is also intended to develop the young talented players as part of the association’s efforts in reviving the game that has been dormant, says Cole, who spoke to Pointsport in an interview with our reporter at the table tennis playing centre at the Independence Stadium in Bakau yesterday evening.
The tournament is expected to involve eight teams drawn from different parts of the country, official source told Pointsport.
The Gambia Table Tennis Association has registered a remarkable achievement in the development of young players who have now transformed themselves into becoming table tennis professionals over the last couple of years.
The association, founded in the 80s, has also done extremely well in terms of re-organisational aspect of the game that is beginning to regain its lost glory.