Amidst competitive matches at the 12th African Games holding in Rabat, Morocco, Ping Sans Frontieres continues its kind gesture towards eight African countries with donation of equipment.

At the presentation held in Rabat on Friday August 23, 2019, the founder of Ping Sans Frontieres, Sarah Hanffou said the decision to support these national associations was based on the mission of the foundation to use table tennis as an educational tool to change society positively.

“We are supporting Botswana because they presented a very interesting grassroots development project with two main goals by introducing table tennis in pre-schools through the building of concrete tables and use of mini tables as well as cultivating interest of playing table tennis at a younger stage. Also Uganda have decided to bring a women’s team to the 12th African Games in Morocco and making huge efforts to support girls and women. Kenya has also brought the youngest player of the tournament, Jenny Compell. We welcome her in the table tennis family and congratulate the Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA) for the efforts towards girls and women,” she said.

She added: “Countries like Eritrea, Guinea and Chad are participating in the African games for the first time. We want to encourage them to participate in continental events and to set up table tennis programmes for girls. In Ghana, we have been supporting NK foundation based in Takoradi and Asoba Foundation based in Accra. These foundations plan to introduce a competitive and educational component for children through table tennis mini cadets and the cadet league in the country. Moreover, there are specifically targeting young girls and focusing both on education and table tennis.”

“In Cote d’Ivoire, we have a partnership agreement since 2016. The main goal of this partnership is to support them in their development program and especially the democratisation of table tennis for all,” she added.

Hanffou however, lauded the countries for their efforts in lifting the fortune of table tennis in the continent.
For this, Hanffou said: “We were able to make the donations thanks to our club partners in France, volunteers and to the brand CORNILLEAU who donated blades, rubbers and balls. Some shirts were also donated to these countries.

In his remarks, President of African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy commended Ping Sans Frontieres for their support to the continent while urging the beneficiaries to make good use of the equaipment.

Responding on behalf of the countries, Secretary General, Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA), Fahd Daim commended Ping Sans Frontieres for the gesture, while hoping that the support would help to improve the fortune of the sport in the various nations.