by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF Africa Press Officer
The presentations were made at the NH City Hotel in Düsseldorf on Thursday 1st June; the countries to receive donations were Burundi, Cameroon, Cuba, Djibouti, Gabon, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Uganda, Dominican Republic, Salvador and Nigeria as well as Olufunke Oshonaike Foundation, an organisation established to promote table tennis in Africa.
Representatives from many countries were present, all were grateful for the efforts that are being made by Ping Sans Frontières to promote table tennis, especially to enhance the cause of female participation.
“As a PSF partner I want to thank them for their commitment to our project called “Let Girls Play” which aims is to develop table tennis for girls in underprivileged area. In the next few years we wish to target 5,000 girls. Besides, from what I have experienced so far, I believe that PSF can learn from us and that we can learn from PSF in order to make it a win, win situation,” Andrew Mudibo, President Kenya Table Tennis Association
Additionally there was universal agreement that table tennis is a valuable tool for both understanding and education; especially in rural areas.
“PSF is very pleased to have gathered its partners at a single event in allowing the body to exchange ideas between several countries and thus to strengthen regional links between federations. PSF hopes that this type of exchange can be the source of local initiatives between bordering or geographically close countries. To make it sustainable, transparency is the corner stone; also reports need to be sent on a regular basis. Indeed, the aim of PSF is to support long term projects with meticulous follow up.” Sarah Hanffou
A most thorough plan of action has been organised
Also, boxes of balls provided by Butterfly were distributed to the national associations present; the Ivory Coast and Burundi in particular were grateful recipients having been major promoters of World Table Tennis Day.
Furthermore, 20 kilograms of equipment was given to Cape Verde as a welcome present, the gift was received by Jorge Silva, President of the Cape Verde Table Tennis Association.
Notably Sarah Hanffou thanked ITTF Development, Education and Training for its support in helping to promote PST initiatives across the globe.