As part of its efforts to empower national associations in Africa, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has boosted the fortune of table tennis in Uganda with donation of equipment.

And magnanimous in the gesture, the Uganda Table Tennis Association (UTTA) has decided to deploy the equipment to schools across the East African nation.

According to the President of UTTA, Robert Jjagwe who unveiled the donated equipment on January 29 in Kampala said: “UTTA has received three equipment packages from ITTF. The first package arrived in August of 2018, the Second in December of 2018 and the last in January of 2019. The first package contained six tables, six Point Counters, six Nets, 80 Rackets and 960 balls. The Second and Third packages contained equipment for TTX. Those packages had over 100 Rackets, over 240 balls, over 50 bags and 37 TTX face towels. UTTA is launching the TTX version of Table Tennis in the International Schools of Uganda to bring them closer to the sport.”

“We wish to thank ITTF for the generous and timely equipment offers to Uganda. As you may be aware the tables at our National Training Centre had become dilapidated due to their old age of over 8 years. Old tables also give our players a totally different feel in terms of the way the ball bounces off the table. The new tables will therefore help our players train effectively for our two major upcoming table tennis Competitions i.e. ITTF Eastern Africa Senior Championships to be held in Uganda in July 2019 and then the All Africa Games holding in Morocco in September 2019,” UTTA boss added.

For the equipment, he said: “We dispatched a group of 10 coaches to 10 international schools in Uganda. We decide to give TTX to the international schools as we thought it suits them best and we also needed them closer to UTTA. We have always wanted those international schools closer to us and TTX will afford them the opportunity to get closer to these schools. We shall run a one month’s training program on TTX climaxing into a TTX competition on February 23 at Gems Cambridge International School.”

UTTA helmsman lauded ITTF for their kind gesture as well as National Council of Sports (NCS) and Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC).

“We wish to thank ITTF for this generous and timely equipment offers to Uganda. We want to thank in a special way the National Council of Sports (NCS) for giving us the funds that were used to clear the taxes and storage fees of this equipment. In particular we want to thank the Acting General Secretary Dr. Ogwel and the Chairman Mr. Onyik Bosco for ensuring timely release of the funds,” he added.