NAIROBI, Kenya- Organisers of the 2018 Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) Top-16 Cup that will run from March 1 to 3 in Nairobi are taking steps to ensure it leaves a rich legacy for the sport in Kenya.
The tournament, that serves as a qualifier for the 2018 International Table Tennis Federation World Cup will be held at the Kasarani Indoor Gymnasium and has attracted 32 top African players where 16 will advance to the global showpiece.
Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA) President, Andrew Mudibo, is confident Kenya will stage a successful competition.
“We are working round the clock to ensure everything is in place. The few loose ends will be dealt with soon. We hope to complete preparations by the second week of February,” Mudibo assured.
“I’m glad that the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts is committed to this tournament and the intention is for Kenya to put up a good showing. We have been good hosts and I believe we shall pick up from previous events,” the table tennis chief added.
Mudibo underscored the purpose of the continental event leaving a legacy in the domestic sport as he called on corporate partners to support the Africa Top-16.
“ITTF and the ATTF have provided high class equipment for the tournament which will remain here after the event. This support will assist in growing the sport to higher levels and we do really appreciate this assistance which also includes in other areas,” noted Mudibo.
At the same time, there will be a media symposium and a Women in Sport Conference alongside the event.
Kenyan players brushed up for the Africa Top 16 at the recent Eastern Region Championships in Mauritius.
“The message from our players to rest is for them to come and enjoy playing in Nairobi and let the tournament be a memorable one for all and as we say in Kenya Tucheze Tebo (let’s play table tennis).
“The Nairobi event must produce African Ambassadors for the game,” Mudibo stressed.
Kenya made history in 1989 as the first East African Nation to stage the ITTF World Cup that won by China’s Ma Wenge.