Botswana set to host ITTF Africa youth championship

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Young table tennis players across Africa are gearing up for the 2024 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) scheduled to hold from July 15 to 21, at Gaborone, Botswana.

This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the ITTF with representation from Africa.

The federation said the city would host the continent’s most promising players at the tournament.

Gaborone boasts of exceptional sporting infrastructure, including modern stadiums, training facilities, and accommodation options that meet the high standards required for such a prestigious event.

“The Local Organising Committee (LOC) ensures that athletes, officials and spectators will enjoy a comfortable and memorable experience during the championships.

“With a strong track record of successfully hosting international sports events, Gaborone has previously hosted regional and continental tournaments,’’ it said.

It  said that the city capability in handling large-scale competitions makes it a reliable and capable choice for hosting the Africa Youth Championships.

Geographically positioned at the heart of the Southern African region, Gaborone offers excellent connectivity and accessibility.

“Well established transportation networks and direct flight connections make it convenient for teams from all corners of the continent to travel to Gaborone without logistical challenges.

“Hosting the continental showpiece provides Gaborone with an opportunity to further develop and upgrade its sporting infrastructure,’’ it said.

It said the investments made in preparation for the event would leave a lasting legacy of improved facilities, benefiting local athletes and enhancing the city’s ability to host future sports events.

Motswagole Kudzanani, President of the Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA), emphasises that staging the tournament will lead to all-round improvement for table tennis.

Hosting provides a platform to build our capacity and expose our athletes to international standards.

“It also increases our brand visibility, showcasing our capabilities and helping us identify areas for growth.” he said

In terms of hospitality, Kudzanani said that Botswana’s welcoming nature rooted in its foundation from forefathers would ensure that visitors’ happiness was a priority.

He said Gaborone aims to create a tranquil and peaceful environment, where everyone would feel at home.

 

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