Table tennis continues to gain popularity in Cameroun and this became obvious on December 27 in Yaoundé when the cornerstone for the Table Tennis Centre was laid by the country’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Bidoung Mkpatt and the Chargé d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Cameroon, Sun Wei.

It was at the 8th edition of the China Table Tennis Ambassador’s Cup, Chinese Ambassador, Wei Wenhua promised to build a center dedicated to table tennis and in less than four months the promise was fulfilled when the cornerstone took place at the Yaoundé Sports Palace in the presence of the ministers in charge of Sports and Economy.

According to Cameroun Tribune, the event was a double activities as the occasion was also used for the signing of the convention of the construction of the table tennis center and the laying of the first stone of the said center in the precincts of Paposy.

The documents were signed between Cameroon and China, represented by the Cameroun’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Bidoung Mkpatt and the Chargé d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Cameroon, Sun Wei, who represented the Chinese ambassador.

And on the other hand, the two personalities cited above and the general manager of Shanxi Construction and Engineering, Wang Peng. All this under the supervision of the Minister of Economy, Planning and Spatial Planning, Louis Paul Motaze and the President of the Cameroonian Table Tennis Federation, Alfred Bagueka Assobo.

For Minister Bidoung Mkpatt, “this ceremony is a support and support action of a friendly country”. Sun Wei considers that “this is the New Year’s gift offered by the Chinese people in Cameroon. It is hoped that this center will train good players and that the Cameroonian table tennis players will rise in the ranking of table tennis. At the Cameroonian Table Tennis Federation, we are very satisfied. “I am very happy.

“Building a specific room for table tennis has always been one of my long-term projects at the head of this federation. This has always been the condition for the promotion of this sport, “admits Alfred Bagueka Assobo. The table tennis center covers an area of ​​110m.

It will include a central room with 300 to 400 modular seats, two changing rooms and two offices. The construction works started on December 28 and will last 120 days. In principle, the handover of the centre to the Cameroonian government is planned for the end of March 2018.