The Rwanda Table Tennis Federation (RTTF), has said that all is set for Rwanda to host the ITTF-East African Region Junior Championship which kicks off at the Green Hills Academy Gymnasium this Friday 30th November to December 2, 2018.
Athletes from five countries out of fourteen in the ITTF-Africa Eastern region will be competing for honors these are, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Eritrea, and the hosts Rwanda.
Rwanda Table Tennis Federation’s president John Birungi, has said that hosting the ITTF-East African Region Junior Champions for the first time in Rwanda will boost the sport in terms of awareness and public attraction.
Birungi made the comments while speaking to the media on Thursday ahead of the three-day regional junior table tennis championship which kicks off at the Green Hills Academy Gymnasium this Friday 30th November to December 2, 2018.
“Our country’s reputation as a “MICE” destination is growing rapidly and we now leverage that platform to be able to host big sports events like this one, which is the first of its kind in Rwanda,” Burungi said.
Adding that the sport will attract young at grassroots, many schools and youth centers have been invited to the event.
He yet again welcomed some of the region’s top youth table tennis players and took the opportunity to thank the sponsors for the support they have extended to for the event to happen.
The ITTF, sub-continental junior championships has attracted a number of corporate sponsors namely KCB Bank Rwanda, Airtel, Hotel Hilltop and Country Club, Sulfo Industries, Inyange Industries, and Green Hills Academy will see players competing in Singles, Doubles, and Team Events.
“This will be the first and biggest ever table tennis tournament to be hosted in Rwanda,” Birungi noted.
Fourteen countries including, Somalia, Eritrea, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, Seychelles, Mauritius, Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Comoros, South Sudan and hosts Rwanda make up the ITTF-Africa Eastern region and eight of these will be competing for honors at the event.
ITTF Africa Development Manager Ramzi Ben Hadjk Mabrouk who is also in Kigali said that on behalf of the continental body the president of ITTF thanks Rwanda for hosting the event championship which has such countries and sponsorship.
“Am here to oversee how successful the championship will be organized, and am glad to be in Kigali” He added.
Fourteen countries include, Somalia, Eritrea, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, Seychelles, Mauritius, Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Comoros, South Sudan, and host Rwanda make up the ITTF-Africa Eastern region and eight of these will be competing for honors at the event.