In line with ITTF ideal, a new dawn came to the fore for Africa on Saturday August 24, as the 2020 calendar of Africa was keenly contested by countries willing to stage continental tournaments.

At the 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) held at Ibis Agdal Hotel in Rabat, Morocco, 18 countries were present with the event chaired by ATTF President, Khaled El-Salhy.

Issues relating to the growth and promotion of the sport were discussed at the meeting which has the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ITTF, Steve Dainton in attendance.

But the main highlight of the day was the selection of host nations for major continental championships in 2020.

For the 2020 African Cadet and Junior Championships, Tunisia withdrew his bid for Madagascar to stage the tournament while the contest for the hosting right of Africa Top 16 Cup and Olympic Qualifying Tournament as well as African Senior Championships.

The battle for host of Africa Top 16 Cup and Olympic Qualifying Tournament was between Tunisia and Algeria and after voting exercise Tunisia secured the vote with eight to five votes for Algeria to be named the host nation.

For the 2020 African Senior Championships, Cameroun beat Tunisia to the hosting right with seven to six votes.

The exercise was applauded by delegates who described the process as a new dawn for table tennis in Africa.

According to Steve Dainton, the exercise at the AGM was commendable and in line with the ideal of ITTF of good governance. He charged the federation to continue to raise the bar for the sport.

For the Executive Vice President, Alaa Meshref, the outcome of the voting for hosting rights showed that Africa has come of age. “I am so excited with the progress made in Africa in terms of good governance as what was on display at the AGM showed that good governance has taken foot in the continent. I am happy and hope that this will continue to help in entrenching good governance and democracy in the administration of table tennis in Africa,” he said.