16 Jan 2017

A satellite television company based in South Africa; SuperSport, as the name suggests, broadcasts major sport events; in both 2015 and 2016 the final day of the ITTF World Tour tournament in Lagos was transmitted.

Notably, more recently the cameras were present at the Sun International 2016 World Junior Championships staged last December in Cape Town.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Extensive coverage proved the order of proceedings and that coverage still continues in highlights programmes, shown over a month since matters concluded.

It is a situation that delights Joe Carrim, the President of South African Table Tennis Board, whose far sighted thinking brought the prestigious event to Cape Town; the coverage is somewhat more than could have been anticipated.

“Supersport will be broadcasting the World Junior Championship over the next number of days; this is a testament to Supersport’s commitment to provide a platform for all sport. It is a first for table tennis and we are delighted and grateful for the platform to showcase our sport. A special word of thanks must go to Mr Graham Abrahams, Head of Enterprises and Regulatory Affairs of Supersport”, Joe Carrim.

Similarly, Khaled El-Salhy, the President of the African Table Tennis Federation, is equally delighted with the coverage received. Notably, he was very much at the helm of proceedings when the World Junior Championships were held in Cairo in 2006. He is very well aware of the challenges which faced Joe Carrim.

“I am so happy to see the extent of television coverage for the ITTF Juniors on Supersport. I hope we can continue with the link to the Supersport TV Chain to ensure the same coverage of our continental title events; the 2017 ITTF-Africa Senior Cup and African Clubs Championships to be held in Mozambique from Wednesday 12th to Monday 17th July 2017.”

Major progress from a company whose name is apt; surely SuperSport describes table tennis?

Khaled El-Salhy Joe Carrim

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