26 May 2018

Absent from the global scene, present at Continental and Commonwealth level but with no great success; now Ghana can look forward to better times.

At the recent Liebherr 2018 World Team Championships in Halmstad, Sweden, a major step was taken when the Ghana Table Tennis Association signed a four year renewable sponsorship deal with Stag International, valued at US$ 80,000.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

In a statement signed by Nathaniel Kwesi Somuah, the Media Officer of the Ghana Table Tennis Association, the deal was the highlight of Ghana’s presence in Sweden; signing on the dotted line took place in the Tylösand Hotel.

“Stag International will provide equipment, which will include ITTF approved tables, training and competition balls, surrounds and umpire tables. Stag International under the contract is will assist the Ghana Table Tennis Association with equipment whenever a world title event is staged in Ghana.” Nathaniel Kwesi Somuah

Also, Stag International has become the official kit supplier for the Ghana National Teams and the top two teams in the Ghana National Table Tennis League. The move has delighted Mawuko Afadzinu, President of the Ghana Table Tennis Association.

“This is a major bridge on the road to reviving table tennis in Ghana. The lack of quality and affordable playing equipment has been the bane and hindrance to the growth of table tennis over the past couple of decades; this should change now. Every regional capital will now have a brand new set of equipment by the turn of the year. Now, with the support and guidance of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, led by the hardworking Honourable Isaac Asiamah, the Ghana Table Tennis Association looks forward to getting the necessary official support and waivers to clear the equipment and kit when it arrives in the country.” Mawuko Afadzinu

Likewise, the always kind hearted Vivek Kohli, the Co-Chair of Stag International, was most positive.

“I am extremely hopeful that this new relationship will stimulate a renaissance of table tennis in Ghana both in terms of popular participation and in the performance of the National Teams in Africa and beyond. Ghana will soon become the country to beat, once again.” Vivek Kohli.

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