A 45-year-old self-employed man from Mamprobi, James Maale Aryee beat Leonard Vanderpuye-Orgle of Tiger Sharks, a 56-year-old businessman 3-0 in the final to win the first ping-pong veterans ranking tournament held this year at the Accra Sports Stadium last Saturday.
The competition staged to mark Ghana’s Independence celebrations witnessed 20 veterans drawn nationwide.
On his way to winning the trophy, a medal and moving up the ladder in the veterans ranking system, Aryee made light work of rising veteran star Justice Ninson of Divine Travel and Tours Club with a 3-0 victory in the semi-final to progress to the final.
Vanderpuye-Orgle also beat Emmanuel Daitey of Ghana Fire Service 3-1 in the semi-final to book his place in the final.
Justice Nkrumah Ninson, a 41-year-old telecommunications engineer placed third while a Fire-Officer Emmanuel Daitey came fourth.
The president of the Veteran Table Tennis Association(VTTAG), organisers of the event, Christopher King, noted that the competition was held to shore-up their membership across the country.
“We also want to create awareness about the veterans ping-pong outfit and its desire to support the Ghana Table Tennis Association(GTTA) to grow and develop the sport in the country,” he noted.
He charged fellow veterans to continue playing the discipline in their localities and lure members of their various communities to play the game .