Thursday, July 18, 2024

Table Tennis Championships slated for this weekend

The Botho College National Closed Championships that were postponed last year were rescheduled for this weekend and will end today (Sunday).

BTTA Tournament Secretary, Rorisang Raesima, told the Sunday Standard that the tournament would be staged this weekend, adding that clubs had registered in large numbers.

“Table Tennis Clubs SSKB, Kanye, Smash Maniacs, Nhabe Table, Dithubaruba, New Horizons and Thebephatshwa Table Tennis Club are among the clubs that will participate at the championship with Smash Maniacs, Nhabe and Thebephatswa Table Tennis Club playing with two teams each,” he said.

Raesima further said for individual events, both Men and Women Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles have been drawn using a double knockout system and Bonolo Mabote and Boitshwarelo Butale are favourites.

“This simply means that from the male section Mabote is the one likely to win whereas with females Butale is the favourite among all others,” he said.

He added that for clubs, SSKB male club is the favourite whilst Smash Maniacs are the favourites in the female teams.
The tournament was supposed to be staged between the 5th and 6th of December last year at the Debswana Club Hall in Jwaneng but was postponed due to low registration of clubs.

The tournament has managed to secure a P3000 sponsorship from Botho College, commonly known as NIIT, which will go towards prizes for the event.

During the championships, only table tennis clubs duly registered, affiliated and subscribing fully to the BTTA for the year 2009 ÔÇô 2010 will participate in the event. National teams from BOPRISA, BISA, BOBSA, BOTESSA, PASSOBO, and Special Olympics will also be eligible for participation.

Each club is to register at most two teams for both men and women. There will also be men and women singles, men and women doubles, all of which will be double knockouts and have unlimited entries. As for the mixed doubles, partners have to be from the same club.


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