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Table tennis to start off with Mayor’s Cup in Kandy

30 August, 2020

After a break of six months the Sri Lanka Table Tennis Association (SLTTA) held a special general meeting yesterday to discuss ways to resume the activities by conducting a few local tournaments.

The Association is hoping to start off by conducting the Mayor’s Cup in Kandy in October for leading players after the break of six months followed by the National championship in November.

This will be followed by the South Asian Junior Championship in November in Bangladesh. These agendas were revealed by Srinath Wijetunga at a media briefing held at the Sports Ministry Auditorium yesterday. Despite the little success that table tennis has achieved the association laments that governments have not given them a place to call their own.

“Without a venue it is difficult to conduct training sessions of national players and tournaments that allow the players to display their talents,” said Wijetunga.

The association hopes that new Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa will help them address their grievances in the new future. They have eyed a place at Narahenpita which is a warehouse that is large enough to construct more than five areas with tables and space for spectators.

“We are second only to India because they have many facilities and even sports schools to conduct training and raise the standards of their sportsmen,” said Reza Latif a former secretary of the association.