Ghana has not been active globally in table tennis but at continental and Commonwealth levels, they have not been matching up with others in terms of medals. But at the 2018 World Team Championships in Halmstad, Sweden, a major step was taken when the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) signed a four-year renewable sponsorship deal with STAG International valued at $80,000.

In a statement signed by the Media Officer of GTTA, Nathaniel Kwesi Somuah, the deal was the highlight of Ghana’s presence in Sweden as the dotted lines were signed at Hotel Tylösand in Halmstad in Sweden to put Ghana on the right path to regaining its rightful position in world table tennis.

According to the deal, “STAG International is expected to provide equipment, which will include ITTF approved tables, training and competition balls, surrounds and umpire tables and STAG International under the contract is expected to assist the GTTA with equipment whenever a world title event is staged in Ghana.

Also, STAG International has become the official kits supplier for GTTA by providing kits to the national teams and the top two teams in the Ghana National Table Tennis League annual during the duration of the deal.

For GTTA President, Mawuko Afadzinu, this is a major step forward. “This is a major bridge on the road to reviving table tennis in Ghana. The lack of quality and affordable playing equipment has been the bane and hindrance to the growth of table tennis over the past couple of decades. This should change now.”

“Every regional capital would now have a brand-new set of equipment by the turn of the year. With the support and guidance of the Ministry of Youth and Sports led by the hardworking Honourable Isaac Asiamah, the GTTA looks forward to get the necessary official support and waivers to clear the equipment and kit when they arrive in the country,” the GTTA boss added.

An excited Co-Chairman of STAG International, Vivek Kohli; the deal would surely boost the fortune of table tennis in Ghana.

“I am extremely hopeful that this new relationship would stimulate a renaissance of Table Tennis in Ghana both in terms of popular participation and in the performance of the National Teams in Africa and beyond. Ghana would soon become the country to beat, once again,” said Vivek Kohli.