05 Oct 2018

Following agreement reached with the local Chinese Embassy to provide more equipment, as well as to educate local coaches; on Saturday 22nd September, the Rwanda Table Tennis Federation (RTTF) launched the country’s first ever National League.

Daniel Ruziga, the RTTF Media Officer, reports that the league was launched at Sunset Gardens in Kagugu area of Kigali, the nation’s capital city.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF Africa Media Officer

In the opening match of the four month league, Kimisagara lost three-nil to Vision TTC; later Kimisagara recovered to register their first win by overcoming Gasabo three-one in their second fixture. In the remaining fixtures thus far completed, De La Salle TTC beat Vision TTC three-nil but then later lost by the same margin when facing Gasabo TTC.

The next series of fixtures are scheduled for Saturday 6th October; Gasabo plays De La Salle, Kimisagara TTC confronts Rilima. On same day Rilima meets Vision, Rafiki opposes De La Salle TTC.

Notably the league was scheduled to start in August but was delayed as seven players and three coaches from different clubs, all involved in the league, attended a two-month training camp in China.

Two highly successful initiatives, a visit to China and the start of a National League; it is a situation with which John Birungi, RTTF President, is delighted.

“Our partnership with the Chinese Embassy offers us an opportunity to not only support the growth and development of the sport in Rwanda; it also allows us to create awareness and develop the sport within our community and have a lasting impact. We hope that the clubs, being our partners, will help attract other partners.” John Birungi

However, John Birungi admitted that funds remains one of challenges currently being faced by the federation; at present the RTTF finances the league, Sunset Gardens provides the venue.

The league will be used to select players for the national team.

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