Akintaro wins Veterans ping-pong

Author: Kwame Laweh
From left to right: Charles Tachie-Menson, Emmanuel Daitey, Victor Smart Akintaro, Nana Kwame Opoku-Jackson, Justice Nkrumah Ninson and Lawyer Christopher King

The Head of Operations at Nakkiexpress Delivery Services, Victor Smart Akintaro, beat Emmanuel Daitey of the Ghana Fire Service 3-1 in the final of the 2019 Veterans Table Tennis Championship staged at the Dansoman branch of Seven Great Princes Academy.

For his reward, Akintaro received a trophy and a gold medal, while Daitey took a silver medal for finishing second.

Nana Kwame Opoku-Jackson, a science illustrator, beat Justice Nkrumah Ninson, an ICT Professional, 3-2 to place third and take home a bronze medal.

The non-ranking event, dubbed Independence Day Veterans National Tournament, attracted former national ping-pong players, fans and some sponsors.

After the group stages, the elimination series continued till Victor Smart Akintaro made light work of Emmanuel Daitey in the final to emerge victorious.

The President of the Veterans Table Tennis Association, Lawyer Chris King, noted that the age limit for the tournament was lowered to 35 years and above to accommodate players who were close to the minimum veterans age of 40.

He said the competition was to create awareness of the sport in communities and also attract the aged to the game.

The tournament director of the association, Mr Charles Tachie-Menson, called on the government and stakeholders to show more commitment towards table tennis in the country to help it grow from the grassroots.

He also called on all citizens who love table tennis to regularly participate in the veterans game as a form of exercise and to fraternise for the common good of the country.