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JTTA using Carib tourney to launch 'strategic' development

Published:Wednesday | August 17, 2016 | 8:00 AMMarc Stamp
Racquel Watson (left), brand manager, Reggae Jammin, presenting the sponsorship cheque to president of the Table Tennis Jamaica, Godfrey Lothian (centre), at the launch of the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships and sponsorship day at the National Arena yesterday. Looking on are players and Christian Lillieroos (in background), the International Table Tennis Federation and International Olympic Committee representative. The competition is scheduled to get under way on August 22.

The Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) will play host to the Caribbean at the Pre-Cadet championships from August 22-27 at the National Arena.

The announcement was made during the media launch yesterday at the championship venue. The six-day junior championship is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. each day.

Jamaica apart, the other countries participating include Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana. Jamaica as hosts are allowed two teams in both categories - Under-11 and Under-13.

President of the JTTA, Godfrey Lothian, said hosting the championship is part of the association's strategic plan aimed at the development of the sport here.

"We have set out to the JOA (Jamaica Olympic Association) a solidarity programme. Now, we have Christian Lillieroos (representing the International Table Tennis Federation) who will be here for six months to assist the programme," Lothian explained.

"We have a strategic plan to look at the basic schools. In five years' time this age group must be ruling the Caribbean in table tennis," he promised.

Simon Tomlinson, one of Jamaica's coaches, said this is an opportunity for the players to get exposure.

"These kids are getting chances to play in an international competition. I think they have a good chance to go deep into the competition," Tomlinson, who is also a two-time national senior men's TT champion, told The Gleaner.

The Jamaican contingent comprises 32 players, as they will have A and B teams competing.

The sponsors include The Jamaica Tourist Board, Reggae Jammin, the Institute of Sports, Sports Development Foundation, Xsomo, Seafreight, Jamaica Urban Transit Company, Crimson Dawn, Hi-Lyte, and Power 106.