In continuation of its efforts to groom table tennis stars that will make Kenya on of the powerhouses in Africa, 25 players will be embarking on a one-month training tour of China on July 20, 2018.

In a statement issued by the Communication Department of the Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA), the Zhengding International Table Tennis Training Center located in Hebei Province, China will be home to the players and officials of Oshwal Sports Complex Table Tennis Club and officials of KTTA Nairobi Branch for the next one month.

The International Centre is where the Chinese National Team trains along with other top playing nations before major international competitions will welcome the players and officials.

The 25 players is made up of 20 junior players between the ages of 8 years and 17 years including five adults that will undergo a training that will be at par with global standard.

The trip by Oswhal Sports Club was made possible through the kind assistance of the national body KTTA, the KTTA Nairobi Branch, Oshwal Sports Complex as well as parents and guardians of the players.

For the KTTA President, Andrew Mudibo, the training would surely aid the progress of table tennis in Kenya as well as impact meaningfully on the skills of the players. “I am sure the one month that will be spent in China for the players will have a big impact on the local standards and the current level of table tennis in Kenya will continue to rise,” the KTTA boss said.

Andrew Mudibo said that the contingent is the largest ever to travel out of Kenya for an International Table Tennis Training Camp, while urging the players to be good ambassadors of Kenya in China.

For the Secretary General of KTTA, Fahd Daim, the experience to be garnered would surely propel the standard of table tennis in Kenya.

The last time Kenya sent a team for an international training camp was in 1987, the current Secretary General of KTTA, Fahd Daim, MarigaMwangi, Moses Maina and Noel Carvahlo trained in China in readiness for the 1987 All African Games in Nairobi, Kenya.

According to Andrew Mudibo, KTTA would continue to seek international exposure for its players and teams in order to raise the profile of the game as well as improve the skills of its players.