For its efforts at popularizing table tennis among young people in Uganda, the Uganda Table Tennis Association (UTTA) has been lauded by the President of the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC), William Blick.

In a report published by The Monitor Newspaper on its website on January 9, a ceremony was held on January 8 to celebrate Uganda’s table tennis medalists at the UOC in Lugogo, a neighborhood in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, and UOC boss William Blick showered encomiums on UTTA for embracing young players, and urged them to uphold the trend if the sport is to dream of a brighter future.

Among the young players hnoured at the event include Rayan Ssekulima, Diouf Miiro, Muzafaru Samanya, John Madanda, Ivan Zandya, Ivy Nekessa, Amina Namaganda Irene Wotanabela who were among the athletes who won medals at events across the border, while Uthuman Lukoye won gold at the Youth Para Sports Camp in October 2018 in South Korea.

“I’m happy to be here talking to kids,” Blick. “It’s important that UTTA invests in children because youngsters are the future of sports.”

Blick said that he is working closely on something with the ITTF President, Thomas Weikert that will be unveiled in a big announcement coming soon.

He charged the youngsters who included pupils and students: “I wish to see many of you at the 2022 Youth Olympics in Dakar, Senegal [the first to be hosted by Africa.

The UTTA led by Robert Jjagwe has been working tirelessly to popularize table tennis in Uganda with several initiatives and UTTA has been enjoying support from the Uganda National Council of Sports, who assisted in ensuring the UTTA cleared the equipment donated by the ITTF.

However, in the wake of sex abuse on athletes around the world, UOC general secretary Don Rukare, a practicing lawyer, urged the UTTA to adopt policies that would protect children against any forms of abuse.