22 Jul 2018

Continuing efforts to develop table tennis stars that will make Kenya one of the powerhouses in Africa; a total of 25 players left Nairobi on Friday 20th July to practise in China for a period of one month.

In a statement issued by the Communication Department of the Kenya Table Tennis Association, the Zhengding International Table Tennis Training Centre, located in Hebei Province, will be home for the players and officials from the Oshwal Sports Complex Table Tennis Club and from the national association based in Nairobi.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

A world renowned centre, a venue visited by many top playing nations before major international competitions, the venue will welcome the group which comprises 20 junior players between the ages of eight years and 17 years plus five adults.

Notably the trip has been made possible thanks to the support of the Kenya Table Tennis Association under the leadership of Andrew Mudibo, the President, in addition to the Kenya Table Tennis Association Nairobi Branch, the Oshwal Sports Complex as well as parents and guardians of the players.

“I am sure the one month the players will spend in China will have a big impact on local standards; the current level of table tennis in Kenya will continue to rise.” Andrew Mudibo

Notably it is the largest ever group to the leave the country in order to visit an international training camp.

The views of Andrew Mudibo, who encouraged the players to be good ambassadors for Kenya, are shared by Fahd Daim, the Secretary-General of Kenya Table Tennis Association. Likewise, he believes the visit is a major opportunity for his country.

Notably, Faid Daim was present on the most recent occasion when Kenya sent a team to an international training camp in China; the year was 1987 when he accompanied Mariga Mwangi, Moses Maina and Noel Carvahlo in preparation for the 1987 All African Games in Nairobi, Kenya.

According to Andrew Mudibo, the Kenya Table Tennis Association will continue to seek international exposure for its players and teams in order to raise the profile of the game as well as improve the skills levels of its players.

Andrew Mudibo (centre) with junior players Khushi Malde (left) and (right) Sayam Vishal ready to leave for China (Photo: courtesy of Olalekan Okusan)

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