19 Apr 2018

Celebrated for the first time in 2015, World Table Tennis Day continues to gather momentum in Africa; the exponential growth of festivities in the continent has been remarkable.

The celebration on Friday 6th April was co-ordinated by Ramzi Mabrouk, Africa Development Officer; he ensured more nations joined the annual event.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Activities took place throughout the continent; all following the principles which Thomas Weikert holds dear to his heart.

“The idea behind this day is to gather table tennis fans and attract people who usually do not play table tennis, promote the love for the sport.” Thomas Weikert.

Most certainly the principles were strongly promoted by Ramzi Mabrouk

The main motto of all the celebrations was that table tennis is popular, universal and inclusive. It is so true; 525 events were organised with great zeal and enthusiasm in 96 countries, making it a true sport for everyone, everywhere! Simply for all and it is often the most awaited event not only for the ITTF and national associations, for the every member of the table tennis family across the globe.

“I would like to take this opportunity to greet Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Eritrea, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Algeria, Tunisia, Nigeria, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe, Uganda, and Kenya for registering their events” Ramzi Mabrouk

Undoubtedly the growth of festivities in Africa has been remarkable. There were 60 events in 21 countries which catered for over than 2,000 participants, made feasible by the selfless efforts of sympathetic and committed volunteers and supporters of national Associations and regions.

Play in Menzel Temime, Tunisia (Photo: courtesy of Ramzi Mabrouk)
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