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Veterans champ rallies support for ping-pong

BY: Emmanuel Oduro
Emmanuel Daitey displaying his trophies
Emmanuel Daitey displaying his trophies

National veterans table tennis champion, Emmanuel Daitey, has appealed to corporate bodies in the country to support the growth and development of the sport.


He said ping-pong was a great avenue that could be used to promote healthy living among the young and old.

“Table tennis is a healthy sport which exercises the whole body and it’s important to rope in a lot of people as possible, be it for pleasure or profession. We all know that a healthy human resource base is a wealthy nation.

“It is for this reason that the veterans are calling on all benevolent bodies to help the association to acquire playing centres where people can train and also test their skills againist one another to keep healthy which would be beneficial to their productivity,” he explained.

Promotion

Mr Daitey emerged as the new veterans national champion after winning the eighth and ninth veterans ranking tournaments held in Koforidua and the third mixed doubles national ranking tournament staged in Accra.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, he expressed his willingness to represent Ghana in the International Veterans Championship slated for Dubai in order to win laurels for the nation.

He indicated that he had begun a campaign to help promote the game across the country by visiting some schools to promote the sport, as well as display his trophies and medals to motivate young players.

“Table tennis, as they say, is chess on wheels. This is to say it involves the coordination and movement of every part of the body, making it an important endeavour for every family to engage in it,” he noted.

He expressed appreciation to Street Sense Organisation and Seven Great Princes Academy for supporting his efforts and urged other sponsors to come on board to help the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) to develop the sport in every nook and cranny of the country.