Ernest Mawutor Quarcoo

Chairmans Cup 2020 – Revamped

Chairmans Cup on steroids

Ernest Mawutor Quarcoo
Earnest Quarcoo - 2019 Chairmans Cup Champion

Ghana Table Tennis Association has announced the commencement of 2020 Table Tennis season with Chairman’s Cup being the first tournament to be played on February 15 2020. The tournament is sponsored by the Chairman of Ghana Table Tennis Association Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu.

This year’s Chairman’s Cup has broken new grounds, by selecting the much-coveted Fantasy Dome at La Trade Fair Center to be the venue to host the tournament. The venue is famous for hosting world class events in Ghana as such this is a clear message from the association that 2020 is a year were fans and patrons of Table Tennis would be entertained with world class Table Tennis.

Earnest Quarcoo and Celia Baah-Danso are the reigning champions of the Chairman’s Cup. Both players missed out on the opportunity to represent Ghana at the African Games held in Rabat, Morocco in 2019, in which Egypt emerged as the number one team on the African continent, beating their long time rival Nigeria in the final.

Despite the disappointment, the champions kept training and working hard. Their hard work was rewarded in all University Games 2020 when they helped their universities to win medals. Earnest Quarcoo emerged as the best male Table Tennis player in the tournament when he defeated Emmanuel Commey in the men’s singles final to help University of Cape Coast win gold.

Celia Baah-Danso - 2019 Chairmans cup champion

The question on the minds of fans is can they retain their titles? Table Tennis is played in most parts of Ghana, by players of varied ages and groups.

The Chairman’s Cup promises to bring players from every part of Ghana to compete for the total prize money of GHS 6000. The players could be categorized into cadet, senior players otherwise known as active players, the veterans and those who play on the streets.

Information reaching GH. Table Tennis indicates that each of the groupings believes in their ability to have a champion emerged from them. This has created a positive competitive atmosphere ahead of the Chairman’s Cup.

The veteran’s group is promising the active players a repeat of the treatment metered to them in last year’s tournament. The street players, on the other hand, are also promising to dominate with their brand of Table Tennis. The active players are also saying the day would see them eliminate all the groups. The cadets on the other hand are making references to the Japanese sensation and wonder kid Harimoto Tomokazu and are promising to carry the day. Share your thoughts as to who would carry the day in our comments section.

The stage is therefore set for a showdown at the Fantasy Dome at International Trade Fair Center La Accra- Ghana on the 15th of February 2020. 

Players talk tough for 1st Valuejet Para Table tennis Open

Vaulejet Para Table Tennis Open

Nigerian players aiming to be part of the maiden Valuejet Para Table Tennis Open believe they will not be pushovers against the visitors.

Already, eight countries including host – Nigeria have been confirmed for the three-day tournament holding Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

From Nosiru Sule, Atlanta 96 Paralympic bronze medalist, the tournament is a good opportunity for upcoming players to showcase their talents.

“I am so excited that we are hosting this kind of championship for the first time in Nigeria. There is no doubt that the presence of teams from Egypt and South Africa will make the tournament competitive and I am sure Nigerian players will not want to play second fiddle to the visitors. Having featured in three Paralympic Games, this is good development for Nigeria that our players will have the opportunity to test might with their foreign counterparts in Africa,” Sule said.

Like Sule, Faith Obazuaye, a silver medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, this is another platform for her to display her talents particularly against the visiting teams. “When I won the class 10 in Egypt earlier this year, many people are still doubting my ability and now that we are hosting an international tournament, I hope I can show them what I am capable of doing. It promises to be exciting in Lagos and I am eagerly looking forward to make the podium,” the class 10 African champion said.

For Tajudeen Agunbiade, who had already secured his passage to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan, the tournament would give opportunity to shake off their rustiness after the qualifiers in Egypt earlier this year. “We have not been able to compete internationally since the qualifiers in Egypt, I think having this kind of competition will surely help us to assess ourselves and shake off for Tokyo 2020. Some of the players coming from Egypt have also qualifiers for the games and this is a good way to test our might against them,” Agunbiade said.

Apart from Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa, other teams coming to Lagos include Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin Republic, Togo and Ghana.

From Monday December 16 to 18, the ITTF classifier will classify the players to their classes while the tournament will kick off on December 19 to 21 with the top three in each event getting prize money for their efforts. 44 titles will be competed in class 1 to 10 in singles and team events for men and women.

Source : ATTF