Tuesday 23rd August, 2016
Accra, Aug. 23, GNA – The President of the
Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA), Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu, has said, his
outfit has set sight on qualifying and winning medals at the 2020 Olympic Games
to be staged in Tokyo.
Mr. Afadzinu told the GNA Sports at the
climax of the National Table Tennis league, where the Ghana Immigration Service
(GIS) won the Men’s category after amassing 58 points ahead of the Ghana
Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Police Service whilst the Police Service
emerged winners in the Women’s division on Saturday at the Accra Sports
The president said he was impressed at the
clubs performance in the league and that preparation will start towards
participating at the next quadrennial gathering in Tokyo.
He added that, a mark has to be made in the
2020 Olympic Games, with the view that players should be in the China Academy
for a year to enhance their performance.
Mr. Afadzinu said ‘‘I have seen great
transformation and validation in the league. We, however, need to create the
environment and atmosphere in which the athletes’ ability would blossom to
become award winning talents. The target
of the association is to go to the next Olympic Games.
“We have to build the foundation on
consistency, exposure and training to encourage a lot more people to the
discipline and give our players the impetus to perform at the highest level”.
He recalled that at the last all African
Games, table tennis won the first bronze medal for Ghana however, he seeks to
move beyond the bronze medal and for that to happen, support of the local
activities would be needed with a lot more of international exposure.
On his part, to achieve the set target, the
athletes’ must be physically and psychologically fit.