PE host table ten­nis open

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Reporter

ALL is set for this year’s edi­tion of the Zim­babwe Table Ten­nis Open com­pe­ti­tion set for the week­end at Harare’s Prince Ed­ward High School.

The an­nual tour­na­ment pro­vides lo­cal play­ers with an op­por­tu­nity to test their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and skills against in­ter­na­tional op­po­nents.

China, Botswana and Zam­bia are ex­pected to send del­e­gates to the tour­na­ment which starts on Satur­day and ends on Sun­day.

“Right now ev­ery­thing is on course and we are look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a great week­end. We have in­di­vid­u­als from Botswana, Zam­bia and China who will be tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion and we are ex­pect­ing a to­tal of 160 par­tic­i­pants at the tour­na­ment.

“Ath­letes from across the coun­try’s ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions will form the bulk num­ber of par­tic­i­pants” said New­man Gomwendo, the Zim­babwe Table Ten­nis Union (ZTTU) tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor.

Gomwendo said they are also us­ing the tour­na­ment to select the na­tional team.

He said they ex­pect stiff com­pe­ti­tion, with ath­letes who just grad­u­ated from ju­nior ranks to the se­niors ex­pected to give ex­pe­ri­enced com­peti­tors a good run for their money.

Last year’s men and women’s cham­pi­ons Vikram Singh of Zim­babwe and China’s Zhang Yen will be hop­ing to de­fend their re­spec­tive ti­tles — @khumza­llen.

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