The Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) will in a fortnight clash with the Botswana Chinese Table Tennis Club in celebration for the Chinese New Year.
The event, which is aimed at adding more flavour to the Chinese New Year celebrations, will see BTTA national top eight teams locking horns with a local Chinese table tennis Club at Botswana College of Agriculture in Sebele from Saturday to Sunday 7th February 2010.
BTTA tournament secretary, Rorisang Raesima, told The Sunday Standard that the event, which has been organized by the BTTA and the Chinese community in Gaborone, is meant to bring table tennis in Botswana to the fore by bringing on board a team which comes from a country where table tennis is a way of life to enhance the ever growing structures of the BTTA National team, and inject a high spirit of competition within the local table tennis players.
“The weekend championship will see the top eight men and women teams of the BTTA and the Chinese team competing at an event which the BTTA intends to prove to the Chinese community that indeed table tennis can be developed to greater heights in Botswana.
Both teams will participate in team events as well as single knockout events to determine the best Athletes,” he said.
Raesima added that Botswana’s current ranked number one, Bonolo Mabote, is expected to dazzle the crowd whilst on the Chinese side it is expected that Yang Baosheng will prove to be a hard nut to crack.
“The ladies team will see the BTTA’s number one ranked, Boitshwarelo Butale, exerting her might on the Chinese ladies with her greatest challenge being Ju Li and it is worth noting that the BTTA team has just come from the just ended Botho College BTTA Closed Championships held in Jwaneng over last weekend and the BTTA Athletes performed exceptionally well,” he added.
In a press statement, BTTA president, Nathaniel Rakhudu, stated that Table tennis is the number 6 most popular sport in the world and because of that he wants to push it to be ahead of most sports activities in Botswana by 2012. The tournament has been wholly sponsored by the Chinese team to a tune of P20, 000.00 which will all go towards tournament prizes.