China boost for table tennis

HARARE - The Chinese Embassy yesterday unveiled the table tennis friendly tournament against their Zimbabwean counterparts scheduled for Harare’s Belvedere Technical Teachers’ College in Belvedere on September 17 and 18.

Dubbed “The Chinese Ambassador Cup”, the friendly developmental encounter is aimed at further strengthening the bilateral friendship and promoting bilateral sport exchanges between Zimbabwe and the Asian giant.

It is set to feature men’s and women’s teams as well as singles. The preliminary games will be held on September 17 with the second and final day set aside for the opening ceremony, final and the closing ceremony.

Zimbabwe Table Tennis Union (ZTTU) president John Muringani said he was confident that through such partnerships with the Chinese his association stands a better ground of fulfilling their dream of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

“We ought to have that good relationship with the Chinese always because table tennis is their first sport and as ZTTU we are also trying our best to see out sport growing as we are very much involved in so many areas, of development,” Muringani said.

“We have a vibrant schools league in Harare, another one in Manicaland and intend to have the schools league in all the other provinces.

“Currently, we are involved in seven out of the 10 provinces we have in the country. With this relationship we are having now, I’m sure we will be able to see ourselves qualifying for the Olympics in 2020.”

The locals table tennis association has to date participated in many high level competitions beginning with the All Africa Games hosted in Harare in 1995, took part in the 2007 Games in Algeria, Maputo (2011) and also sent a team to the 2011 World Championships in Dortmund, Germany.

Zimbabwe Chinese Table Tennis Association chairman Liping Wang said: “We are proud that finally we put our action to our efforts together to make this event hopefully a great success for sport in Zimbabwe.

“We have played many fair and equal games no matter the economical stage but the good thing with sport is that we are all equal.”

Chinese Deputy Ambassador Zhao Baogang reiterated his country’s support towards the development of sport.

“I came here just to show the support of the Chinese Embassy on this great event. I believe that this is our own festival because we have the unity and that close cooperation between the two unions,” Baogang said.

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