19 Apr 2018

A busy week in Paraguay’s capital city of Asuncion, a five day ITTF World Junior Circuit tournament commenced on Monday 9th April, it was followed immediately on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April by the Road to Buenos Aires – Latin American Youth Olympic Games qualification competition, during a break in play in the latter, a special ceremony was staged.

The second part of the Paraguay Table Tennis Federation’s Stadium was officially opened.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Increasingly a venue for international events, a ceremony to mark the official opening of the practice room and restaurant was staged.

Present for the occasion was Victor Manuel Pecci, the Minister of Sport and Camilo Perez, the President of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee in addition to the host nation’s Benjamin Real, the President of the South American Table Tennis Confederation and members of the Paraguay Table Tennis Federation’s Executive Committee.

“On behalf of the South American Table Tennis Confederation, my thanks for the support received; the stadium sets an example not only for Paraguay but for the whole of South America. The National Sports Council has made an important investment in order to make major events possible. In addition, the Paraguayan Olympic Committee has proved a major partner at international events, the logistical support has proved invaluable.” Benjamin Real

Additionally, Benjamin Real thanked all members of the Paraguay Table Tennis Federation’s Executive Committee for their efforts in helping the sport grow in a wide range of spheres.

Benjamin Real (third from left) with the principal guests (Photo: courtesy of Paloma Mutti)


The ceremonial ribbon was cut by Victor Manuel Pecci with the distinguished guest being given a guided tour of the premises.

“We are here to open the practice hall and restaurant; the competition hall is already in full use. There are now increased facilities for all to use. We are very happy and satisfied with the work of the Table Tennis Federation; it is one of the country’s best organisations. Today we see the fruits of all the hard work.” Benjamin Real

The next major event for Paraguay is the 2018 ITTF Pan American Cup, a three day tournament, play commences on Friday 15th June.

Dignitaries present for the occasion (Photo: courtesy of Paloma Mutti)
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