by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF Africa, Press Officer
The meeting is very much the initiative of Andrew Mudibo, the President of the ITTF-Africa Eastern Region.
“The ITTF-Africa Eastern Region was formed on 25th October 2016 at the last General Assembly meeting of ITTF Africa that was held in Agadir, Morocco. In an effort to be able to come up with programs that will see the growth of table tennis in our region, the Kenya Table Tennis Association will host one representative preferably either the President or Secretary General of member countries within the region to a one day Eastern Region Meeting, that seeks to address issues affecting our region”, the invitation letter
High on the agenda is the appointment of officials, promoting development activities on a rotational basis, organising equipment and promoting a tournament to qualify for ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup.
“I would also like to encourage your attendance at this important meeting, as part of the establishment of the East Africa Region. This is an important milestone in the future development of table tennis, not only in East Africa, but for the entire continent of Africa. Although there is not unlimited support, large support is being offered towards each of the regions to assist with the establishment of Regional Championships, which will also act as qualification events towards the ITTF-Africa Cup. This provides an opportunity for athletes to compete among neighbouring countries, and not be required to travel to the opposite side of the continent to be able to compete internationally. There will also be assistance towards hosting a Regional Hopes Week, to assist with talent identification for the future stars within your region”, Michael Brown, ITTF and Africa-Oceania Development Co-ordinator
Delegates are expected to confirm their attendance by Friday 10th February for the organizers to make necessary arrangement for their reception.