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Table Tennis: Africa’s Best To Battle In Kigali

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The biggest indoor arena in East Africa, BK Arena, is set to host two of Africa’s elite table tennis tournaments – the African Cup and the Olympics Qualification Tournament – from May 12th – 18th, 2024.

It is all nicely poised as the best table tennis players in the continent battle for honours and tickets to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in France.

For the first time in the history of the 10,000-capacity indoor arena, a table tennis tournament will be staged indoors. This development excites the President of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, who expressed confidence in the capacity of the Rwanda Table Tennis Association (RTTA) to stage a world-class event.

“Rwanda had a very successful bid presentation at the 2023 ITTF-Africa AGM in Tunisia to host the 2024 ITTF-Africa Cup, as well as the African Olympics Qualification Tournament for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games,” El-Salhy said.

“The delegates at the AGM voted overwhelmingly for Rwanda as a new host in Africa with great ambition to promote table tennis in the eastern part of Africa and to meet all the requirements set by the ITTF and ATTF for professional organisation.”

Having hosted regional tournaments in the past, El-Salhy believes the RTTA has the wherewithal and capacity to host the continent.

Therefore, the ATTF helmsman has predicted that the events would be exciting and explosive, especially when it comes to the Olympic Qualification Tournament.

The BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda.

“I believe it will be two fantastic events, with all our top players competing in the African Cup, followed by the big battle to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games,” El-Salhy added.

“All the players are working hard to qualify for the Olympic Games, and we are looking forward to having the best possible representatives for Africa in Paris to ensure we have better performance and results than the previous Olympic Games.”

El-Salhy disclosed that the ATTF has been monitoring the preparation in Kigali with a view to providing the necessary support to the RTTA in staging these two important tournaments.

Source ITTF-Africa

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