THE form book was maintained as no upsets were recorded during the National Junior Table Tennis Championships held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OPYDC) in Lusaka at the weekend.
Zambia Table Tennis Association (ZTTA) patron Haroon Ghumra said the one-day event in which 81 players took part was jointly sponsored by Agogo’s Bakery and Bookworld.
“Zambia’s budding young stars did put up an impressive performance although all the seeded players won, they certainly did not find it easy,
“The result from the semi-final stages in the six categories confirm this. We saw 81 players taking part, 11 more than the registered number, several of the matches were exciting and closely contested; an indication that the standards of play in the sport are going up,” said Ghumra.
In the tournament it was nine-year-old Naomi Mwale who competed in the girls under-12 category and was named “The Most Promising Player”
The winners and runners up in each of the six categories received trophies and gift vouchers donated by Agogo’s Bakery and Bookworld.
Ghumra said as a way of encouraging the players to train hard, all the 81 participants who took part in the tournament were each given a ball.