Table Tennis: Commey eyes Olympic ticket

Author: Kwame Larweh
High hopes: Emmanuel Commey
High hopes: Emmanuel Commey

This year’s Chairman’s Cup winner and reigning top ranked tennis star, Emmanuel Commey, says his victory last week is a testament that he has taken the sport by the scruff of the neck and would not relent in his bid to qualify for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Commey, 26, an officer of the Ghana Immigration Service, has witnessed a tremendous improvement in form in recent times and hopes to carry his newfound form into the upcoming Olympic qualifying competition in Tunisia.

“I am very fired up, I believe this is my time to shine. I want to qualify to the Olympics and that is my priority now,” a confident Commey told the Graphic Sports after defeating Ernest Mawutor of the Ghana Army 3-0 in the final of the Chairman’s Cup at the Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair Centre at La.

Commey will leave Accra for the Tunisian capital of Tunis for the Olympic qualifiers which starts on Thursday, February 27 to 29 and is hopeful that Ghana would be represented in table tennis at the Tokyo Olympics in July.

He will be joined at the Tunis competition by experienced compatriot, Derek Abrefa.

“I believe we can achieve the ultimate result of getting the two of us to the games, we have trained hard enough,” Commey said.

After the Olympic qualifiers, Commey would face a tough challenge as he comes up against some of the world’s best players at the World Championship in South Korea in April.

The player has attributed his recent rise to the exposure he got at the 2019 African Games in Rabat and the African Zone III qualifiers in Morocco.

Commey says he will need to play more games outside against the world’s best players to keep improving in addition to being supported financially and with state-of-the-art equipment.

“I am appealing to the authorities to help us with better tennis equipment, give us more exposure of the game on and outside the continent and provide us with the need welfare to perform much better,” he noted.

He expressed gratitude to his trainer Ebenezer Whyte and Samuel Aryeh, the director of sports at the Ghana Immigration Service for their roles in his rise in the sport.