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12 Teams for African Club Table Tennis Championships As Egypt’s ENPPI, Ahly Top Seeding List

AS part of the table tennis fiestas igniting Lagos, 12 teams have already been confirmed for the African Club Championships which begin on Thursday August 1 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Defending champion – Ahly Club of Egypt has been listed as the number one seed in the women’s event while ENPPI of Egypt will be heading the men’s event at the two-day championship.

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri partnered Egypt’s Omar Assar at ITTT World Tour

According to the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), host country – Nigeria will be represented by SOJ TT Club of Lagos and Remo Stars TT Club of Ogun in the men event while G20 of Abuja and Cannan Queen of Calabar will hoist Nigeria’s flag in the women event.

The Ahly team will be led by African women champion – Dina Meshref while the best two players in the continent – Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Egypt’s Omar Assar will dorn the colours of ENPPI of Egypt.
Congo DRC, Togo, Ethiopia, Benin Republic, Senegal, and Rwanda will also be represented in the continental club championship.

For the President of ATTF, Khaled El-Salhy, the tournament would help the players to tune up for the ITTF Africa Cup.

Nigeria’s Quadri and Egypt’s Meshref Emerge as Singles Champions at 2018 ITTF African Championships

For the ATTF boss, the tournament would also add glamour the table tennis fiesta holding in Lagos being the first time any African nation would stag three prestigious tournaments at a stretch.

“The tournament is a good test for the African players and a good preparation for the main event “ITTF Africa Cup, which is the qualifying event for ITTF World Cups. We have a good number of entries and I hope ITTF can consider staging a World Clubs Championships in which the Champion in Africa can compete with the champions of others continent,” the ATTF chief said.

2019 ITTF World Championships: ATTT Hails Aruna Quadri’s Feat In Budapest

For being the best player from Africa to reach the last 32 of the men’s singles at the 2019 ITTF World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) for being a record setter for the continent at global level.

The continental body through its President, Khaled El-Salhy described the Nigerian as a good ambassador for always putting the continent on the world map with his scintillating performance.

El-Salhy, however lauded Egypt’s Dina Meshref for her second feat in the women’s singles as well as her partnership with compatriot – Yousra Helmy for making it to the second round of the women’s doubles.

“Some African players did quite well especially Aruna Quadri (NGR) who was the last male player on track by reaching the round of 32, also Dina Meshref (EGY) who also made it to the round of 64 in singles while her doubles’ pairing with Yousra Helmy reached the last 32 of the event. I think they all tried their best and lost in some very tough matches,” the ATTF boss said.

For African players to excel at big stage, El-Salhy said: “Medals in this kind of events are very difficult due to the big competition from China with five players as well as strong teams like Japan, Germany, Koreas, and others, but maybe they should look to medals in World Cup and World title events.

Players must also work hard to be able to advance in this kind of competition and this will surely help their World Ranking, and also for the national associations to prepare the players while African countries should also be looking forward in in hosting similar WTTC in the near future.”

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – [April 22]: Mens Doubles preliminary at the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships on April 22, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Remy Gros/ITTF)

The ATTF boss commended the organisers of the competition, the Hungarian Table Tennis Association for putting up a good show. “I am so happy and satisfied in Budapest for the competition, facilities within hotels and transportation provided during the tournament and most importantly the good weather we enjoyed during the tournament.”

On the inability of Morocco to secure the hosting right for the 2021 World Championships, he said: “There is hope for Africa because this time Morocco put up a perfect bidding and ATTF supported them, while USA won the bidding due to their planning to use the event in 2021 as the 50th Anniversary for the Ping Pong Diplomacy. I am sure Africa could be hosting the WTTC soon.”

Nigeria’s Oladapo Elected as ATTF Deputy President

Nigeria’s Olabanji Oladapo has been elevated as the Deputy President of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) by the Council Board of the continental body.

Oladapo, who was until his election the Vice President, Administration will replace Congo Brazzaville’s Minister, Henri Djombo, who resigned his position as Deputy President.

In a statement signed by the President of ATTF, Khaled El-Salhy, Olabanji’s contribution to the sport coupled with his administrative acumen prompted the CB during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Federation during the 2018 ITTF African Championships at the weekend in Mauritius to elect him to the post.

The former Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) is also a member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Board of Directors (ITTF BOD) and a member of the IOC Commission.

Also, Alfred Bagueka Assobo (CMR) was elected as the Executive Vice President, Administration, while Jean Marie Okouna (CGO) as the Regional Vice President of Central African region.

Due to the diversities of the continent coupled with the vast landmark, the CB of ATTF has expressed its willingness to empower its five regions.

Olabanji Oladapo

According to ATTF boss, the AGM commended the Mauritius Table Tennis Federation (MTTA) for the successful staging of the tournament while they also confirmed in principle the ITTF Strategic Plan.

“They have also approved to give the authority to the ATTF Strategic Plan Working Group to go on with ITTF towards the start of operation in Africa according to the real needs for our continent with full concentration to the following, which is to empower the five African regions for more developmental activities and administration; validate professional staff in ATTF and give higher attention to the players in terms of new training centres, higher prize money and organising super challenge events with other continents” El-Salhy said.

African Teams Battle For Table Tennis World Team Cup Slots In Mauritius

The already confirmed 22 teams including continent’s powerhouses – Nigeria and Egypt are expected to battle for the 2019 ITTF World Team Cup at the 2018 ITTF African Championships holding in Mauritius on September 3 to 9.

According to the President, African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, the two teams (men and women) that will represent Africa at the World Team Cup holding in November 2019 will be known at the end of the team event in Mauritius.

“The Mauritius will also serve as the qualification for the next World Team Cup to be held in November 2019 in Tokyo as a test event for Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 in Japan,” he said.

Being a record entry for the tournament in recent times and the countries expected in the Ocean Island include – host, Mauritius, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Gabon, Angola, Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Cameroun, Somalia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Madagascar, Togo, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Djibouti, Comoros, Libya, Eritrea and Congo DRC.

For the ATTF boss, this is a good development for the continent. “Yes I am so happy in following up the expected good number of entries in-spite of the received information from National Associations, hoping that all could do it and come with us to Mauritius soon,” the ATTF boss said.

Aside the tournament, Khaled El-Salhy said the Mauritius would afford the reconsider its new strategic plan for the next few years. “This time we have a special ITTF/ATTF Forum “Table Tennis For All. For Life” holding on 3 to 4 September in which we are planning to conduct our new continental Strategic Plan for the coming years of 2018 to 2024. ATTF is looking to conduct a special Strategic Plan satisfying the needs of all African Associations with a great concentration for the activities through Regions in the future in which more small nations could come with less cost. ”

2018 ITTF African Championships Mauritius

He is confident that Mauritius can stage a befitting event. “As per experience we have very successful events in Mauritius (i.e. African Seniors Championship in 1998 & 2004 plus African Juniors & Cadet Championship in 2015) with a very fantastic performance from Mauritius Table Tennis Association (MTTA), thus I am expecting to have a very special event as one of the top professional organisations in Africa.”

To update the knowledge of the players on the importance of the media, Khaled El-Salhy said there is a plan to stage a media workshop for players and teams during the Mauritius party, while the Executive Council cum Council Board meetings will also take place.

On plans for the future, he added: “Next year is an essential one as we will start our way for qualification to Tokyo 2020, with the first being the 2019 African Games in Morocco in which we will know the teams in Men and Women to represent Africa in the team events of Tokyo 2020. After that by the start of 2020, we will go on for the 2nd step of qualification to the remaining slots for singles and mixed doubles, and this step will be together with the 2020 ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup within the first quarter of 2020.”

African Table Tennis Athletes Demand For Better In Africa

On the first day of competition, for over 20 minutes, players taking part in the 2017 Africa Cup decided to delay the championships due to the lack of improvement in their lots at continental level.

When the match was expected to kick off at 4pm, the players in group wanted to address the spectators about their situation. This led to a meeting between the players and officials of Africa Table Tennis Federation led by its President, Khaled El-Salhy.

Despite plea by the ATTF President, the players insisted that they cannot be swayed by empty promises made in the past by the continental body but demand immediate action in terms of various issues over the last few years and the seemingly limited care for the athletes.

Khaled El-Salhy promised to take action but the players insisted that they want immediate action before starting the competition. But it took the ITTF representative, Executive Vice President Dr. Alaa Meshref, who intervened with a promise to assist in activating the players’ demands.

Meshref also pleaded with the players to choose their representatives that will meet with ATTF officials for a meeting on all their demands while he assured that the prize money for the tournament would be increased immediately to ensure the players do not face similar problems like other athletes whom have also acted out.

The first meeting between the athletes and ATTF officials took place yesterday, with the following comments forming part of the statement from the athletes (represented by Sarah Hanffou, Quadri Aruna and Olufunke Oshonaike; on behalf of Segun Toriola)

Olufunke Oshonaike and Segun Toriola are amongst the most experienced players in Africa

We are delighted to know that a working group has been formed to assist in updating the ATTF Constitution, and that the athletes are part of this working group.

We are looking forward for a more professional organisation which treats players with respect.

We expect more transparency, with the following documents being made public – constitution, minutes of meetings and financial statements.

Nigeria, Egypt To Rekindle Rivalry in Morocco At ITTF Africa Cup

African best table tennis playing nations – Nigeria and Egypt will later this month rekindle their rivalry at the ITTF Africa Cup holding in Agadir, Morocco.

Egypt as the defending champions will be relying on their stars – Omar Assar and Dina Meshref who are hoping to hold on to the title they won at Yaounde 2015 in Cameroun.

Aruna Quadri

According to the President, ITTF Africa, Khaled El-Salhy, the favourites for this tournament are Nigeria and Egypt but countries like Congo Brazzaville, Algeria and Tunisia would not be pushovers when the championship serves off on July 1.

The three-day championship serves as qualifications for the ITTF World Cups with winners in the men and women events representing the continent at the prestigious tournaments holding later in the year.

Every country competing at the championship are expected to register four players made up of two men and two women while defending champions – Egypt will have six players made up of three male and three female taking part in the competition.

Already as part of his efforts to excel at the tournament, men’s singles defending champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar is at present competing at the China Open in order to be in top form for the continental tournament.

The tournament which was initially scheduled to be hosted by Mozambique was awarded to Morocco after the inability of the Mozambique government to confirm their hosting of the championship.

ASSAR Omar EGY
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The ITTF Africa boss, however, lauded the Morocco Table Tennis Association (MTTA) for accepting to host the competition within a short notice.

“The Executive Council (EC) of ITTF Africa decided to step down the event from Mozambique due to lack of communication and delay in signing the contract by Mozambique. The new host – Morocco will host the tournament in Agadir at the same venue and hotel that hosted the 2016 African Championship last October,” he said.

“I understand that it is quite difficult for any nation to host a major event in short time but we count on the experience of MTTA having hosted many international events in the last five years. I believe they have a very good hospitality and venue,” El-Salhy added.

ITTF Africa Calls For Bidding Of Future Events

The African Table Tennis Federation (ITTF Africa) has officially invite bidding for its tournaments (2018 to 2020).

In a statement issued by the President of ITTF Africa, Khaled El-Salhy, countries willing to stage any of the major tournaments in the continent are expected to bid.

“ITTF-Africa would like to invite all interested National Associations to bid for the right to host future ITTF-Africa Events. Detailed information about the events are available and the tournaments are to be hosted from 2018-2020, as well as the conditions which need to be met to host such events are made public.

ITTF Africa President, Khaled El-Salhy

The “ITTF-Africa Events Presentation” document helps to showcase the major events of ITTF-Africa, and will provide an overview of how the event can benefit the host city, country and National Association,” he said.

Interested countries can go to http://www.ittfafrica.com/events/hosting-rights-for-future-events/ for details about the tournaments as well as the conditions.