25 Feb 2020

A colourful mix of music and dance highlighted the opening ceremony for the 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Tunis on Monday 24th February; a total of 17 African countries being present at the Rades Multi-Purpose Hall.

Impressively, the Tunisian National Police Band ignited the occasion with a rhythmical march past blended with sonorous musical presentation to welcome guests to the brief but colourful event.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

The presentation of team flags by young Tunisians added glamour to the event, the flagbearers dressed in regal traditional Tunisian attire.

Undoubtedly, the icing on the cake was the choreography presentation from an Ivorian group. They thrilled the fans with their synchronised display, celebrated against a background of modern and traditional music, exciting watch.

Flagbearers dressed in traditional Tunisian costume added colour to the ceremony (Photo: Moez Fellah) 


Meanwhile, in his welcome address, Lotfi Guerfel, President of the Tunisia Table Tennis Federation thanked the International Table Tennis Federation and the African Table Tennis Federation for selecting Tunisia as host for the ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup and the African Singles and Mixed Doubles Olympic Qualification Tournament; the most important tournaments to be staged this year in Africa.

“We are grateful to ITTF and ATTF for selecting Tunisia to host these events. We believe this will help the sport to grow. We welcome all our top stars from all over Africa. We hope you will enjoy your stay in the beautiful city of Tunis.” Lotfi Guerfel

Meanwhile, for Khaled El-Salhy, the President of African Table Tennis Federation, he was most thankful to the government of Tunisia for agreeing to host these important events.

“I must commend the government and people of Tunisia for their warm hospitality; for us at ATTF, we hope that our top stars will enjoy every moment of their stay in Tunis.” Khaled El-Salhy

The Ivorian group proved most entertaining (Photo: Moez Fellah) 


Notably, the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup is a qualification tournament for the Men’s World Cup and Women’s World Cup to be held later in the year; the African Singles and Mixed Doubles Olympic Qualification Tournament decides places at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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