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National female table tennis star, Hilda Agbottah, with support from the International Table Tennis Federation- Foundation / Table Tennis United is set to commiserate World Table Tennis Day with a tournament on April 6th.

World Table Tennis Day is observed across the world in order to highlight
the significance and positive impact of playing table tennis as well as
using sports as a tool for individual and economic development.

Over 100 young players are billed to partake in the highly anticipated and
fully packed event which has been scheduled to come off at Koforidua in
the Eastern Region.

According to Hilda, giving back to her community has been one of her major
priorities.

“I chose to celebrate this year’s Table Tennis Day with the people of
Eastern Region because that is where I started my career and I would like
to share the benefits and opportunities in table tennis with the people
there,” she said.

She added that playing table tennis has offered her enormous opportunities
both local and international despite the challenges.

“Through table tennis, I have been able to gain admission to study at the
University of Cape Coast, played for the national team at local and
international competitions and travelled around the world as well. So I
would always be grateful for playing table tennis,” Hilda expressed.

She, however, encouraged the youth to keep working hard in order to achieve
their aim and deter from some social vices.

“I want to advise the youth especially those from New Juaben not to involve
themselves in immoral activities but rather concentrate on education and
Sports, because it is key in helping every individual achieving greater
heights,” she advised.

Hilda, again expressed her gratitude for the support in celebrating this
year’s event.

“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the International Table
Tennis Federation (ITTF), the president of the Ghana Table Tennis
Association, Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu, New Juaben Table Tennis Club (NJTTC) and
the CEO of PotSports Athlete management, Mr. William Asare and everybody
for supporting this initiative,” she said.

She disclosed that due to the covid-19 pandemic, safety measures and
protocols would be put in place to ensure a successful and effective World
Table Tennis Day event.

Table tennis rubber sheets, balls including other materials will be up for
grab.

Hilda, with broad knowledge and experience in table tennis recently
received a white umpire badge and also currently ranked 4th in the senior
national team.

Source: Nicholas Akussah

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