As a follow-up to the donation of equipment to schools and clubs across the East African nation, the Rwanda Table Tennis Federation (RTTF) has launched its maiden table tennis league on September 22, 2018.

According to RTTF Media Officer, Daniel Ruziga, the league was launch at Sunset Gardens at Kagugu area of Kigali.

In the opening match of the four-month league, Kimisagara lost to Vision TTC 3-0.

Vision’s player Frank Bishema overcame Jean Claude Nzeyimana, of Kimisagara, 11-5, 11-6, and 11-2.

However, Kimisagara bounced back to register their first win after their beating Gasabo 3-1 in their second match.

In the other games played, De La Salle TTC beat Vision TTC 3-0 but later lost 3-0 to Gasabo TTC.

According to RTTF, the league will resume on Saturday October 6, with Gasabo taking on De La Salle at Sunset Gardens, while Kimisagara TTC will be up against Rilima. On same day, Rilima will battle Vision and Rafiki face De La Salle TTC.

The table tennis league was actually scheduled to kick off on August but was delayed as seven players from different clubs and three coaches were on a two-month training camp in China.

For the RTTF President, John Birungi, the participating teams should be lauded for being part of history in Rwanda.

“Our partnership with the Chinese Embassy offers us an opportunity to not only support the growth and development of the sport in Rwanda, but it also allows us to create awareness and develop the sport within our community and have lasting impact,” the RTTF boss said.

“We hope that the clubs, being our partners, will help attract other partners,” he added.

However the John Birungi admitted that fund remains one of challenges currently being faced by the federation.

At present, RTTF finances its activities, while Sunset Gardens provided the venue for the league matches.

The league will be used to selected players for the national teams.