Govindsamy claims table tennis honours

2015-10-14 06:00
Morgan Govindsamy and Anwar Osman placed third in the team competition in the over-60 age group at the South African Veterans’ Inter-Regional and Open Table Tennis Tournament. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????PHOTO: SUP

Morgan Govindsamy and Anwar Osman placed third in the team competition in the over-60 age group at the South African Veterans’ Inter-Regional and Open Table Tennis Tournament. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????PHOTO: SUP

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THE Umgungundlovu Veterans’ Table Tennis team turned in a strong performance at the recent South African Veterans’ Inter-Regional and Open Tournament in Orkney in the North West, highlighted by Morgan Govindsamy’s victory in the men’s singles.

It was a tough road to the final for Govindsamy, who was playing in the 60-and-over division for the first time. He had to beat defending champion Anver Lyners to top his group, which put him into the semi-finals where he took on his team-mate Anwar Osman. After consigning Osman to a bronze medal, Govindsamy then faced Simon Diemant, another highly ranked player, for the title.

In a back-and-forth clash, Diemant claimed the first game before Govindsamy rallied to win the next two. Diemant, however, levelled matters before Govindsamy secured the crucial fifth and deciding game to take victory and lift the title.

The two men also met in the team competition, with Umgungundlovu edging Gauteng 3-2 in their clash, but Western Province showed their strength in depth with the SA Veterans combination of Steven Brown and Basil Shapiro taking top spot. Govindsamy and Osman earned a bronze medal in the team competition, while Govindsamy and Annalie Kachelhoffer added a further bronze in the mixed doubles.

Govindsamy was instrumental in turning Eddels Sports and Social Club into a table tennis powerhouse.

“There was a long period where there was no table tennis in Pietermaritzburg. I have been playing since 1972, and when there was no table tennis in Maritzburg I used to travel every weekend to play league in Durban. Eventually I started it again in Maritzburg at Eddels. We coach there on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, concentrating on juniors and doing development,” said Govindsamy.

A level-one qualified coach and a qualified international umpire, Govindsamy is head coach of Umgungundlovu and a number of juniors under his guidance have won South African titles and earned national colours

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