ITTF African Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships currently underway in Accra, Ghana.

The SATTB hosted a Capacity Building workshop in Cape Town at the Western Cape Sports School from the 16-17 March 2019.

SECRETARIES OF AFFILIATES,
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS AND NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Dear Members,

TRIALS FOR THE 2019 ITTF AFRICAN YOUTH, JUNIOR AND CADET CHAMPIONSHIPS

The South African Table Tennis Board (SATTB) will be hosting trials from the
15- 17 March 2019 Queens High School to select a team that will represent the SATTB at the 2019 ITTF African Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships in Accra, Ghana from the 7th -13th April 2019.

The athletes for the trials are listed below:
UNDER 15 GIRLS UNDER 15 BOYS
1. Nitaya Mc Cuur (ECTTA)      Dean Levy (GCTTA)
2. Lee Che De Bruyn (CTTT)    Indiphile Ncuncu (EC)
3. Anande Kuse ( CTTT)          Hussain Talal (FSTTF)

UNDER 18 GIRLS UNDER 18 BOYS
1. Mushfiquh Kalam (CTTT)      Keenen Jooste (CTTT)
2. Jesse Leigh Nomdo (CTTT)   Cohl Simons (ECTTA)
3. Prianna Maharaj (UMG)         Yukail Naidoo (UMG)
4. Laila Edwards (GCTTA)         Kivesh Sivnarain (UMG)
5. Kiara Naidoo (UMG)              Nizaam Moosa (CTTT)

The U21 Girl and U21 Boy that will represent the SATTB at the 2019 ITTF African Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships will be;
1. Simeen Mookrey (CTTT)       Cade Peters (CTTT)

Simeen Mookrey and Cade Peters will not attend the trials scheduled for the 15-17 March 2019 as they are automatically selected.

OVERSEERS
Tshidiso Morekisi (NWTTB)
Evodia Mathebula (NWTTB)

Organised by the South Africa Tennis Table Board and staged at the Mandeville Training Centre in Johannesburg, a Functional Classification Seminar Level One (National Classification) was staged recently from Monday 28th January to Saturday 2nd February. A total of 12 students attended; in addition to South Africa two members travelled from Lesotho and two from Botswana. The participants were table tennis coaches, physiotherapists and special education professors.

Course members in high spirits (Photo: courtesy of Luis Gustavo Claro de Amorim) by Luis Gustavo Claro de Amorim, Functional Classifier

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During the theoretical part, the groundwork was presented to show the actual functional classification models that apply to table tennis. The minimum eligibility criteria to play in wheelchairs and standing categories was emphasized, in addition to the basic criteria to differentiate each category.
The various criteria explained was important to meet the specific rules stated by the International Paralympic Committee; especially with regards to the new
classification card and consent signature from the athletes and their coach or tutor.
Also, the seminar was important to detect new Paralympic talents and support the technical staff in developing training, based on the functional criteria from
each class.

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Deciding the class (Photo: courtesy of Luis Gustavo Claro de Amorim)

Johannesburg hosts successful classification seminar 3

Putting theory into practice (Photo: courtesy of Luis Gustavo Claro de Amorim)

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Ghana Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah (right) with President of Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Kahled El-Salhy during ATTF delegation visit to the minister in Accra on Tuesday February 12, 2019..

Fifteen years after hosting International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) major tournament in Africa, Ghana has affirmed its readiness to stage the World Junior Circuit (WJC) as well as the African Junior and Cadet Championship (AJCC) in April, 2019.  

The WJC is one of the ITTF junior circuits, where players across the globe amass points to qualify for the end-of-the-year World Junior Finals, while the AJCC is Africa’s qualifiers for the World Junior Championship as well as a platform to select African team for the World Cadet Challenge.

Ghana last hosted the AJCC in 2004 and this year the WJC holds on April 1 to 5 while the AJCC takes place on April 7 to 13.

Ghana’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah told the delegation of African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) led by its President, Khaled El-Salhy that the country is willing to restore its table tennis lost glory with the staging of the tournaments, which he said will help to unearth players that will represent Ghana at the 2023 African Games to be hosted by the West African nation.


The youthful minister, however, thanked ITTF and ATTF for choosing Ghana to host such important tournaments as the country possess great potentials in table tennis. “We are grateful to ITTF and ATTF for choosing Ghana as host of these important competitions and for us; we are excited that this is in line with our ideals of growing all sports from grassroots levels. We have been working hard to revive our school sports because we know we have the potential to be among the best in sports. I am also using this opportunity to charge the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) to focus on schools across the country to be able to discover new talents that will make our country proud at the 2023 African Games which we are hosting,” Isaac Asiamah.


For the WJC and AJCC, the minister said: “We are ready to host the world and Africa in April and all arrangement in terms of security, accommodation and transportation will be addressed. We are also grateful to ITTF for deciding to provide table tennis equipment which has already been shipped to Ghana for the tournaments. For us, we want to use sports as a tool for job creation and that is why we want to develop others sports and not focusing on football. I must also let you know that table tennis is one of our priorities sports that we intend to use to create jobs for our youths. I must also commend the leadership role showed by Mawuko Afadzinu and we want to assure him our support.”


For ATTF President, Khaled El-Salhy, Ghana is one of the powerhouses of table tennis in the 1970s and in the last five years, the Mawuko Afadzinu-led GTTA board has been making frantic efforts to restore the glory of Ghana in the sport. “We know the potential of Ghana in table tennis and I was sure that with the staging of this kind of tournament, the country has the chance to unearth talents that will bring back the glory of Ghana. ITTF and ATTF will continue to support Ghana and with the staging of the tournament, Ghana will be the focus and this will surely project the image of Africa and Ghana,” the ATTF boss said.


Vice President, Western African region, Wahid Enitan Oshodi however, appealed to the minister to support GTTA in its efforts to revive the sport while calling for strong backing of Ghana government in staging a befitting tournaments in April.


A former national table tennis star in Ghana and Technical Adviser to the Minister, Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, who was part of the golden generations in table tennis stars in the West African nation recalled the golden days to Ghana’s dominance of table tennis in Africa. “I remembered that we used to dominate table tennis in the 1970s until 1973 when Nigeria hosted the African Games in Lagos that the dominance was thwarted and since then we have been struggling and I believe with the hosting of this kind of junior events, it will help us to discover new players toward the 2023 African Games,” Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah said.


The meeting held in the office of Ghana Minister of Youth and Sports in Accra was attended by the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Perry Okudzeto; Chief Director, Frank Quist; Chief Accountant, Emmanuel Oteng and Communications Consultant, Ahmed Osumanu Halid as well as Deputy PRO in the Ministry, Gifty Eghan.


The ATTF team is on a two-day inspection of facilities and hotels for the AWC and AJCC holding on April 1 to 13 in Accra.

Dear Mr President,
Following the request received from your association, I write to confirm that the URC agrees with the recommended referee team for the 2019 ITTF-Africa Cup to be held from 03 to 05 August 2019.
For the record, the referee team is:
Referee: Rodrique Volkwyn (RSA)
Deputy Referee: Abdallah Boudjahem (ALG)
Assistant Referee: John Peters (NGR)
Please note that the responsibility lies with you as the organizer to ensure that the referees are available as well as to consult the relevant national associations. Please also ensure that adequate travel and medical insurance for the referee team is in place either through the association, organizes or individual.
Please note that with effect from 1 January 2013, the organizers are responsible for the travel costs for the referee team.
Should your event be scheduled for racket testing, a trained member of the referee team delegated by the referee must take on this responsibility and you should prepare the racket control center as required.
Please could you also ensure that the referee makes contact with the competition manager as soon as possible?
I thank you for your cooperation and wish you a successful event.
Yours sincerely,
Emese Barsai
Program Manager

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Wishing you all the best and looking forward to your continuous support.


Young-Sam MA
Chair
ITTF Umpires & Referees Committee