Let the show begin in Tunis

All the players have arrived, the venue is set, the atmosphere is charged; the 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup commences in Rades, a short distance from Tunis, the Tunisian capital city, on Monday 24th February.

Egypt’s Omar Assar and Dina Meshref are the defending champions in the respective men’s and women’s events, a strong field is assembled in the continent’s most northerly country.


ITTF Venue Inspection


17-18 February 2020


Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has congratulated the South African Table Tennis Board for their bold decision to enter the World Table Tennis Championships bidding process alongside formidable competitors like Düsseldorf (Germany) and Melbourne (Australia).

Durban is ready to welcome participants from around the world in 2023. "We want to assure you that if we are given an opportunity to host this event, we will bring together all relevant stakeholder and deliver a successfully and memorable event," said Mayor Kaunda.

The championships will also deliver huge economic spinoffs for the city as the event will be shown internationally, positioning Durban as a premier investment destination.















WELCOME to the first edition of our new monthly newsletter, filling you in on all the latest news, activities and initiatives from the International Table Tennis Federation. With so much happening in our sport, looking beyond our busy events schedule, with constant progress being made off the table too, we wanted to give a clear roundup of the major comings and goings to all our stakeholders. 2020 is an especially important year, with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games putting our sport truly in the public eye, but we are also constantly working to raise the profile of table tennis with our daily actions to achieve sustainable growth. The good news is that things are moving forward at an impressive speed, as we endeavour to take the sport of table tennis to completely new heights.
The future is bright, but let’s keep working hard to achieve our goals!


Ahead of the 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Tunisia, the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) has unveiled the seeding list for the $25,000 prize money tournament holding on February 24 to 26.

Nigeria's Aruna Quadri and Egypt's Dina Meshref have been listed as top seeds in the men and women events at the three-day tournament which serves as the continental qualifiers for the 2020 ITTF World Cup in Germany and China.

The 32 participants (16 men and 16 women) is made up of regional champions
and top ranked players made the final list with obvious absence of Nigeria's veterans - Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike. The Nigerian duo will be missing out from the competition for the first time in the last one decade having won the tournament in the past to represent Africa at the World Cups.

In the men's seeding list, Nigeria's Aruna Quadri who recently joined a German Club in the Bundesliga will lead the array of stars to Tunis, while defending champion, Dina Meshref leads the women's contingent to the tournament.

Men's defending champion - Omar Assar of Egypt is seeded number four behind Ahmed Saleh of Egypt and Olajide Omotayo of Nigeria.

From the seeding, Quadri and Assar will likely clash in the semifinal just like what panned out at the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup in Lagos with the Egyptian claiming a 4-2 win to eventual win the tournament.

According to the format of play, both events (men and women) shall be played in a group of Round Robin System with four groups of four players in each category, while all matches will be played best of five games in the first stage.

In the second stage of the tournament, winners and runners-up of all groups will be drawn to play the knockout for all positions till the winners emerge.

The allotment of the players in groups will take place according to the latest African seeding list with the top four seeding players being drawn as headers of each group. The other seeded players will be drawn accordingly using the modified snake system in the groups two by two - The players not ranked, will be allotted by draw. Also, players from the same country not to be drawn in the same group of the competition.
Winners in the men and women events will represent the continent at the ITTF World Cups later in the year.

ATTF names contestants for Top 16 Cup

The table tennis continental ruling body African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) has named the 32 contestants that will battle for honours at the 2020 Top 16 Cup holding in Tunis later this month. [ Read More ]

The SATTB submitted a bid to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) to host the 2023 World Table Tennis Championships in Durban, South Africa. Two (2) other countries are also bidding for the event viz. Germany and Australia. The ITTF inspection team namely Mr Mounir Bessah, ITTF Member Relations Director and Mr Jonny Cowan, European Marketing Manager will be doing an inspection visit on the 17-18 February 2020 in Durban.

The successful country will be announced at the ITTF Annual General Meeting to be held in Busan on the 23rd March 2020.

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Secretaries of Affiliates, Associate Members and National Executive Committee

Dear Members


The South African Table Tennis Board (SATTB) will be represented at the ITTF-ATTF Top 16 Championships from the 24-26 February 2020 in Tunis, Tunisia.
OVERMEYER Shane and KALAM Mushfiquh are the 2019 AUSC Region 5 Champions and they qualify automatically.
COGILL Theo and MOOKREY Simeen will be participating due to their ranking in Africa.

We wish the four (4) athletes all the best.

The SATTB’s Women’s team has been entered to participate at the 2020 ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships from the 22-29 March 2020 in Busan, South Korea.

The athletes are as follows;
KALAM Mushfiquh (CTTT)
We wish the Women’s team all the best in this event.

Hajera Kajee (Ms.)