In its usual gesture and in line with its ideal, Ping Sans Frontières was present at the 2017 ITTF World Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany and the body led by its founder – Sarah Hanffou continues to extend the hand of generousity to countries across the globe.

At the NH City Hotel in Dusseldorf on Thursday June 1, Ping Sans Frontières made equipment donation to Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Gabon, Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Dominican Republic, Salvador and Nigeria as well as Olufunke Oshonaike Foundation.

With Presidents and representatives of these national associations in attend during the presentation.

The event afforded the national associations to express their appreciation to PSF for its commitment to the development of table tennis among women throughout the world, while reports on efforts made them were presented during the event.

Most of them emphasised the need to use table tennis as vehicle for education and development particularly in rural areas.

For the President of Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA), Andrew Mudibo, the collaboration with PSF would help to win over 5000 girls to the sport. “As a PSF partner I want to thank them for their commitment to our project called “Let Girls Play” which aim is to develop table tennis for girls in underprivileged area. In the next few years we wish to target 5000 girls. Besides, from what I have experienced so far, I believe that PSF can learn from us and that we can learn from PSF in order to make it a win/win situation,” the KTTA boss said.

In her remarks, PSF helmswoman, Sarah Hanffou said: “Ping Sans Frontières is very pleased to have gathered its partners at a single event in allowing the body to exchange ideas between several countries and thus to strengthen regional links between federations. PSF hopes that this type of exchange can be the source of local initiatives between bordering or geographically close countries.

She added: “To make it sustainable, transparency is the corner stone, also reports need to be sent on a regular basis. Indeed, the aim of PSF is to support long term projects with meticulous follow up.”

According to PSF, the equipment donation was made possible with support from its French partner clubs and Decathlon.
Also, boxes of balls given by Butterfly have also been distributed to the national associations present and especially to Cote d’Ivoire and Burundi for the activities toward marking the World Table Tennis Day.

Hanffou however, thanked ITTF and ITTF Development for its support in helping to propagate the initiatives across the globe.