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West African table tennis stars converge in Abidjan for regional honours

A great weekend of table tennis is upon Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire, as the best table tennis players in West Africa are ready to do battle for regional honours.

Abidjan, one of the most populous French-speaking cities in Africa, will be buzzing on a much higher scale on Saturday November 2 and 3, 2019 at the Multipurpose Hall in Trenchville.

There are 15 countries in the region and 11 have already arrived for the two-day showpiece, with 39 participants aiming for the regional slots at the 2020 Africa Top 16 Cup.

The ping-pong gladiators – 21 men and 18 women – will be assessed based on their prowess on the table to pick West Africa’s best who will represent the region at the glamorous continental championship to be hosted by Tunisia in 2020.

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At a briefing on Thursday, President of of Ivoirien Table Tennis (FITT), Prof. Germain Karou, who is also the Secretary General of Western Africa Region, told the media that all was set for the tournament.

“We have put everything in place to ensure a smooth tournament and with the huge support from ITTF coupled with the backing from the government of Cote d’Ivoire, we are ready to host the best regional championship,” he said.

“As the region with the largest number of countries, I am happy to inform you that 11 of the 15 countries will be in Abidjan for the tournament. This is indeed an encouragement for us in the region.

“On behalf of the President, ITTF West Africa, Wahid Oshodi, I am happy to officially open the tournament and welcome all our visitors to Abidjan, which is one of Africa’s cities of pride,” Karou added.

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