The visit to Ghana’s seat of power known as Jubilee House on Thursday February 14, was less than an hour but it was a worthwhile trip as the West African nation number two citizen, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has thrown his weight behind the staging of the World Junior Circuit (WJC) and African Junior and Cadet Championship (AJCC) holding on April 1 to 13.
The short visit to the Vice President Office was put together by the Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) led by its President, Mawuko Afadzinu for the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) team led by Khaled El-Salhy.
In his remarks, the Vice President thanked ITTF and ATTF for considering Ghana in staging the tournament especially that the country has been awarded the hosting right for the 2023 African Games.
The Vice President said: “I want to welcome the ATTF team to Ghana particularly to the seat of power known as Jubilee House. In Ghana, we want to promote all sports because everybody seems to be focusing on football. Table tennis is one of the major sports in Ghana because as a kid I played table tennis in school. But now I hardly chance to play the game because I see it as a good exercise and full of fun. For the tournaments holding in Ghana, I want you to count on my full support to help promote the sport and we are going to support the staging of the competition.”
And when the Vice President was hinted on the World Table Tennis Day on April 6, which coincides with the tournament, he quickly agreed to be part of the event on April 6 and wished the ATTF team well.
For the ATTF President, the hosting of the meeting by the Vice President in his office showed his passion and interest in the sport. “I am very happy to meet the number two citizen of this great nation – Ghana. I think the hosting of the two tournaments by Ghana will surely help to project the image of the country as well as Africa. This will also shows that Africa is capable of hosting some of the big events in the world. We are hopeful of good organization having met with the Minister of Youth and Sports and his deputy and now meeting the Vice President goes to show the commitment of Ghana in staging the tournament. We are excited meeting you and hope you will be ready to take to the table on April 6 to celebrate the World Table Tennis Day with us a day to the kick-off of AJCC,” Khaled El-Salhy said.
President of GTTA, Mawuko Afadzinu use the occasion to thank the Vice President for his enormous support while hoping that staging the tournament would help to re-awaken table tennis passion among Ghanaians.
Among the dignitaries at the meeting were the Vice President, Western Africa region, Wahid Enitan Oshodi; ITTF Africa, Press Officer, Olalekan Okusan; Vice President, GTTA, Kenneth Ashigbey; GTTA Treasurer, William Asare; Media Officer, GTTA, Nathaniel Kwesi Somuah as well as Director of Liaison and Protocol, Officer of the Vice President, Republic of Ghana, Edward Appiah.