In a bid to drive the popularity of table tennis across the Eastern African nation, the Rwanda Table Tennis Federation (RTTF)-led by its President, John Bosco Birungi has decided to take the bull by the horn with provision of equipment to 40 schools and clubs.

According to the Media Officer of RTTF, Daniel Ruziga, the equipment is part of the donations from the Chinese Embassy, the International Table Tennis Federation ITTF) and the RTTF President.

RTTF boos, John Bosco Birungi, thanked the donors for their support while hoping to strengthen cooperation with them in his efforts to grow the sport.

“By way of enhancing exchanges and cooperation at all levels and sharing development experience, we will be able to cement the foundation for the sound, steady and sustained growth of the sport,” the RTTF boss said.

According to RTTF spokesman, it is in this regard that the federation is aiming to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Chinese embassy to provide more equipment as well as train local coaches.

Speaking during the handling of the equipment to the school principals and administrators at an event that took place at Amahoro National Stadium on Friday, Sept.

“The equipment is part of the federation schools development program aimed at developing and promoting table tennis in schools. Our focus is at the grassroots and especially young people so that the sport can be played professionally” Birungi explained.

With the take off of the national table tennis league, Birungi said the next focus is secondary schools competition.

“The school’s competition will be organized in partnership with Rwanda School Sports Federation (RSSF), so you can start nurturing players but also the schools need to send spectators for competition so that we can attract sponsors” Birungi added.

Speaking on behalf of the National Olympic and Sports Committee, Festus Bizimana, the Vice President commended RTTF for the initiative and also urged the school officials and administrators to make use of equipment but not to keep them.

“The federation has come from far, but today the body is vibrant since they are doing something to develop table tennis. It is good to see RTTF involved in schools and grassroots program” he said.

He urged the school’s officials who came to collect the equipment not only to promote football but also table tennis as a competitive Olympic sport.

Father Jean Bosco Ntagungira, the director of Petit Seminar Ndera thanked RTTF for the initiative saying that his students used to play table tennis, but that they stopped because of lack of equipment.