Caluza to host table tennis tournament

2016-05-11 06:00
PHOTO: sourced  From 10 to 16 July, the Caluza Sports Complex will host a table tennis competition.

PHOTO: sourced From 10 to 16 July, the Caluza Sports Complex will host a table tennis competition.

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PIETERMARITZBURG will host a national table tennis competition from 10 to 16 July at the Caluza Sports Complex and about 700 people are expected to attend.

The vice-chairperson of the South African Table Tennis uMgungundlovu branch, Sandy Naidoo, said they are expecting 400 participants to compete.

“We anticipate 12 regions taking part from South Africa. We are also expecting African countries to participate in the singles event. Approximately 400 participants are expected to participate.

“There are two sections to the tournament. Team events are boys and girls U13, U15 and U18, as well as senior men and women. The second section is the open event. It includes boys and girls U13, U15, U18, the senior men and women singles teams. All these divisions also include doubles­ and mixed doubles,” explained Naidoo.

The competition has already been hosted twice in Pietermaritzburg.

In 2005 it took place at Epworth School sports complex and in 2008 it took place at the YMCA.

“In terms of the tournament taking place in Pietermaritzburg it will be a good way for the city’s finances to blossom.

“Tourists will be visiting places in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas, and that will boost the economy,” said Naidoo.

She hopes that the Caluza community and nearby communities will participate in future table tennis competitions as they become more familiar with the sport.

“In Caluza the community will be exposed to table tennis at its best in South Africa. This will attract players from Caluza and surrounding areas. Umgungundlovu will have one team in all divisions and if numbers permit we will be allowed two teams,” she said.


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