By Akosua Adjei
The WTTC West Africa Regional Championship has kicked off in Accra at the Trust Emporium. The 5-day event started on Monday, April 24, and will continue through to Friday 28th April.
The organisers officially opened the tournament on Monday afternoon with athletes and officials from Nigeria, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and host Ghana, as well as officials from the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and World Table Tennis (WTT), present.
The tournament, which will serve as a qualifier for the Africa Championship scheduled for later this year in Tunisia, attracted spectators from diverse demographics, including family, friends, and lovers of table tennis, who were full of excitement as they made their way into the Trust Emporium to cheer on the players.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, President of Ghana Table Tennis, Mawuko Afadzinu, highlighted the importance of hosting the WTTC West Africa Championship in Ghana.
“The reason why we would invest so much resources, effort, and energy in putting together this tournament in record time is because of the opportunity it creates for our country. It’s because of the platform it provides that we can bring our best game. This is part of the walk towards the restoration of glory. So we are glad we are hosting the rest of Africa in this country. We want to increase our achievements so far in the African Championship. It is important for athletes to build themselves up ahead of qualifying for the qualifying Olympics.”
The tournament will officially end on Friday, April 28.