Emmanuel Ofori however proved too tough for his opponent and carried home the first prize. His coach, Nana Ebenezer Annag Whyte said there is more to come and appealed to corporate Ghana to support the game as well as the players.
Over 70 Table Tennis players under the age of 18 years for the first time competed in this year’s edition of the annual D.G. Hathiramani Memorial Table Tennis Championship.
The organizers of the competition said the aim was to identify young talents, polish and develop them for the next ITTF Africa Cadets and Youth Championship scheduled for Tiziozou, Algeria, in April 2016.
National Coach, Anthony Owusu Ansah, said Table Tennis is now gaining much popularity in Africa, it was important for Ghana to take advantage to strengthen her base.
“This could be done by not only casting the net wider to identify talents at the youth level, but also groom them for future tournaments,” he said.
According to the coach, creating youth competitions regularly would also induce them to develop much interest in the sport to sharpen their skills. He also tasked sports loving companies to sponsor the rising stars to international competitions as it is the only way they can test their standard.
The competition, which is organized each year to commemorate Indian-born Ghanaian legendary ping-pong administrator, D.G. Hathiramani, saw Augustina Baidoo from the Central Region winning the female category after beating Gina Hackman. Miracle Okyerebea aka Vida placed fourth and expressed her joy to b in the Top 10 of the best in Ghana.
Six regions were represented at the event.
By Sammy Heywood Okine