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Team SA ready for World Table Tennis Championships on home soil

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SA Table Tennis coach Omar Zaineddin said the championships gave the team an opportunity to play in the comfort of their home country

Table tennis team in green South African tracksuits give a thumbs-up sign
The South African team that will represent the country at the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals in Durban. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo African News Agency (ANA).

Durban – The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) hosted a draw ceremony on Thursday for the World Table Tennis Championships Finals which begin in Durban on Saturday.

The nine-day event takes place from May 20 to 28 at the Durban International Convention Centre.

At Thursday’s draw, the path to the final for the 128 players competing in the men’s and women’s singles, along with the 64 pairs in the doubles categories was unveiled.

A media guide on the event commented on the significance of Durban being the host city for the event.

“The significance of the ITTF World Championships Finals in Durban cannot be overstated, as this marks the first time the event will be held in Africa since 1939 when Egypt played host. This event is not just about delivering a world-class competition, it is also part of ITTF’s continuous efforts to develop and spread the game all around the world.”

South African Table Tennis board president Joe Carrim said: “When we won against Germany to host the next world tournament, we were delighted. Many view table tennis as a Cinderella sport but it is a sport that takes focus which forces the mind to be aware of different scenarios at the same time, which makes it worthwhile to participate in,” he said.

He added that they welcomed all the teams from different countries.

SA Table Tennis coach Omar Zaineddin said the championships gives them an opportunity to play in the comfort of their home country.

“We have worked hard to get where we are now, plus we have a strong team of players who have put in their time and effort. We are planning to excel and for all the hard work to pay off, let the games begin,” he said.

South African current national men’s champion Theo Cogill said he was more than delighted to play in the tournament. “This gives us an opportunity to work even harder as all the limelight will be on us as the hosts. I wish all the players good luck.”

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