Salone Table Tennis Gets Facelift

 

By Thomas S. Kembay

With support from the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Leone Table Tennis Tournament has gone international.

Speaking at the 2018 Bintumani Cup Sierra Leone International Table Tennis Tournament on Saturday, 17th November, 2018, Secretary General of Sierra Leone Table Tennis Association (SLTTA), Mr. Emmanuel Lebbie disclosed that the association is being revamped through the intervention of the Chinese.

“This year’s tournament is of a difference as it is held in a standard and well conducive venue,” said the Secretary General, whilst expressing optimism that the subsequent ones will be hosted in a more advanced venue.

Deputy Head of Mission, Chinese Embassy Councilor Wang Xinmiu stated that this is the second year China is collaborating with SLTTA to host the tournament noting that they were happy with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Sierra Leone for boosting the tournament. He also expressed satisfaction over the fact that more Sierra Leoneans participated in this year’s tournament.

“In China table tennis is called Ping-Pong and it is a ball of friendship,” said Counselor Wang Xinmiu, adding that Ping-Pong is one of the most popular sport in China with fans involving Chinese of all ages and from all walks of life. People, he said, established friendship through the small magic ball.

In Sierra Leone, the Deputy Head of Mission observed that the number of people engaged in playing ping-pong is growing adding that SLTTA was making great effort in training young players in order to promote the sport.

“As good friends always share same hobbies, I believe mutual love for ping pong will bring the Chinese and Sierra Leoneans closer,” he said, maintaining further that he is dedicated to promoting people to people exchange between the two countries through sport whilst recalling that every year, the Embassy donates sport equipment to various schools, associations and clubs in Sierra Leone as well as organizing training courses in the sport.

The ceremony was climaxed by the presentation of awards and certificates to participants. Winners of the various categories included, Bradford Sawyer – Adult-Male, Zainab Sesay – Adult-Female, Mohamed Kamara – under-16-Male, Binty Kargbo under-16-Female, Ibrahim Jalloh – under-13-Male and Mabinty Kanu under – 12 Female.