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Juniors to serve off in Pre-Cadet TT - Ja coach expects 'good performances' from hosts

Published:Monday | August 22, 2016 | 8:00 AMMarc Stamp
Christian Lillieroos (right), International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative, giving a few tips to (from left) Matthew Fung, Alicia Pairman, Joel Butler and Solesha Young during a Caribbean Table Tennis Federation (CTTF) Pre Cadet (Under-11 and Under-13) Championship launch and sponsorship day at the National Arena last Tuesday. The competition serves off today.

Despite a projected shortfall of $2 million, president of the Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA), Godfrey Lothian, says the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championship will serve off today at the National Arena.

The six-day tournament, which caters to Under-11 and Under-13 players, is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. each day, ending on Saturday.

"The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has filled the gap in terms of providing transportation for the teams. For food and accommodation, we are looking at a shortfall of approximately $2 million," Lothian told The Gleaner yesterday.

Lothian is still appealing to the private sector to come on board.

He confirmed that the three visiting countries - Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana - arrived on Saturday night.

 

TOURNAMENT HUB

 

"We want Jamaica to become a hub for hosting international tournaments, so we will do our best in hosting this junior championship for the Caribbean," he added.

As host country, Jamaica will have two teams each in the Under-11 and Under-13 categories for boys and girls.

National coach Stephen Grant is highly confident that Jamaica will do very well.

"We are very much ready. We had an opportunity for a camp in the last two weeks under the guidance of a good group of coaches, as well as support from parents," Grant informed.

"This is the best prepared team of youngsters in years, so I am expecting very good performances in all sections," Grant confidently said.

Jamaica's panel of coaches include Colin McNeish, Simon Tomlinson, Matthew Dawson, Gail Parham, Clive Grossett, David Hemmings, Paul Curtis and Richard Davidson.

The team events will consist of five singles, while individual events in all age groups will see competition in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.