Table tennis pre-cadet championships serve off today

August 22, 2016
@Normal: 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 on Tuesday. 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 today.

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

The six-day Under-11 and Under-13 tournament will 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 STAR Sports 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.

"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 for boys and girls.

National coach Stephen Grant is highly confident that Jamaica will do very well in the Caribbean Junior championship.

"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.

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