EX­PE­RI­ENCE OF A LIFE­TIME

T2APAC stars thrill as­pir­ing young pad­dlers

New Straits Times - - Sport -

YOUNG table ten­nis play­ers from lo­cal schools ex­pe­ri­enced the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time when they met, min­gled and sparred with some of the world’s best play­ers at a Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) event held at The RitzCarl­ton in Kuala Lumpur on Wed­nes­day.

Star names from the world of table ten­nis in­clud­ing Paul Drinkhall (World No 39), Cheng IChing (No 5), Matilda Ekholm (No 20) and Ge­orgina Pota (No 31) were on hand to give the event star power when they took part in spar­ring ses­sions.

There were also op­por­tu­ni­ties to take pho­tos with the big names and an au­to­graph ses­sion for the as­pir­ing play­ers.

The 25 chil­dren, all aged 12, also had a chance to show­case their tal­ent to the four play­ers while also gain­ing in­sights into the tech­ni­cal as­pects of the game. The chil­dren also had a glimpse into the lives of top table ten­nis stars through a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion.

The day’s event was or­gan­ised by the world’s rich­est table ten­nis league — T2 Asia Pa­cific Table Ten­nis (T2APAC) League.

The T2APAC League is sched­uled to com­mence its in­au­gu­ral sea­son in June and will fea­ture world class names like Timo Boll, Jun Mizu­tani, Vladimir Sam­sonov, Feng Tian­wei, Drinkhall, Ekholm, Cheng, Pota among oth­ers.

The league was mak­ing a stopover in Malaysia as part of its pre-tour­na­ment pro­mo­tions and prepa­ra­tions. The play­ers were flown in to en­gage in a pro­mo­tional shoot aimed at cap­tur­ing the essence of the sport and pro­fil­ing the ath­letes who have and has not looked back since.

“It is in­deed an hon­our to be se­lected to at­tend the most pres­ti­gious univer­sity in Ja­pan.

“I am re­ally very ex­cited and am look­ing for­ward to be­ing among the 300 ex­po­nents who will be at­tend­ing the course,” said Kamini.

“I would like to thank ev­ery­one who made it pos­si­ble for me to at­tend this course.

“On my re­turn, I will share my knowl­edge with my ju­niors and new trainees to up­grade judo in the state,” said an emo­tional Kamini at a re­cent me­dia con­fer­ence. signed up for the in­au­gu­ral T2APAC League.

The event was or­gan­ised with the as­sis­tance of the Table Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (TTAM) whose sec­re­tary gen­eral, Chan Foong Keong was also present.

Speak­ing on be­half of TTAM, Chan pledged his full sup­port for the or­gan­is­ers to hold sim­i­lar events or clin­ics in Malaysia.

“It is not every day that we get high pro­file play­ers vis­it­ing this part of the world to par­tic­i­pate in At the me­dia con­fer­ence, Kamini re­ceived a Pe­nang gov­ern­ment spon­sor­ship of RM5,000 from State Youth and Sport, Women, Fam­ily and Community Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee mem­ber Teh Lai Heng at the Pe­nang Judo As­so­ci­a­tion (PJA) cen­tre in Ge­orge Town.

Also present were Pe­nang Sports Coun­cil di­rec­tor Fred­er­ick Tan Teck An and PJA vice president Ma­gen­drara­jan Mu­niandy.

Shamini leaves for Ja­pan to­day. K. Kan­diah a community event like this.

“Thus, when T2APAC first ap­proached us for sup­port in terms of the pro­mo­tional shoot, I sug­gested to en­gage the community via a CSR pro­gramme so that we can in­crease the pro­file of table ten­nis in Malaysia.

“We do hope that T2APAC will re­turn to do sim­i­lar pro­grammes so as to help spread the aware­ness of table ten­nis while also in­spir­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing our younger table ten­nis en­thu­si­asts lo­cally,” said Chan.

T2APAC chief ex­ec­u­tive and com­mis­sioner, Jeff Chue, promised that the Malaysia stopover will def­i­nitely not be their last.

“It is nice to see these young play­ers here to­day par­tic­i­pat­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties along­side some of world’s best table ten­nis play­ers. This proves that the sport is gain­ing mo­men­tum in Malaysia and we will con­tinue with our ef­forts to or­gan­ise such events for the bet­ter­ment of the sport,” said Chue.

The table ten­nis stars with the par­tic­i­pants, of­fi­cials and spon­sors at the end of the Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity event in Kuala Lumpur on Wed­nes­day.

PIC BY K. KAN­DIAH

Kamini Sri Se­garan (cen­tre) re­ceiv­ing the mock cheque from Teh Lai Heng while of­fi­cials (from left) Fred­er­ick Tan, Johnny Khoo and Ma­gen­drara­jan Mu­niandy look on dur­ing the cer­e­mony re­cently.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.