By Ivan Zhakata
THE Zimbabwe Table Tennis Union (ZTTU) is keen on winning the ongoing Chinese Ambassador Table Tennis Cup taking place at Harare International school, following a good start from the men’s team.
In an interview with Celebrity, ZTTU secretary general Mr Tinashe Duri said their team did very well and they were keen on scooping the title on tomorrow’s finals.
“Our opening day was impressive,” he said.
“There was a lot of competition but our men’s team did very well. Out of 8 games they won 5 and the Chinese have won three. Our ladies team are still building up and they have managed to win one game out of 7 but they have got high hopes.
“This was due to they only have three days of camping and training as some of them are coming from as far as Bulawayo and Mutare so we need to keep up working on them so that they can give satisfactory result for tomorrow. As of tomorrow we are looking forward to winning the finals for this event as Brian Chamboko will be taking the Chinese finalist on the men’s finals,” he said.
The men’s team has won 5 games out the 8 games in the team events and drew 3 all in the mixed double games.
The Zimbabwe China Table Tennis Association women’s team thrashed their Zimbabwean counterparts by 6 games to 1 in the team events.
At least 9 participants participate each in the men, women and singles contest, a move meant to strengthen Zimbabwe and China relationship through sport.
It was a thrilling event which saw table tennis fanatics enjoying the high octane event at the school’s gymnasium.
Hosted by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Zimbabwe the tournament was organized by Zimbabwe Chinese Table Tennis Association in partnership with the Zimbabwe Table Tennis Union and the Chamber of Chinese Enterprises in Zimbabwe.
Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small bat.