Sport

TTJ seeks funding to host Caribbean Senior Champs

BY GERALD REID
Observer writer

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

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Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ) is seeking approximately $21 million to cover the cost that comes with hosting the 60th staging of the Caribbean Region Table Tennis Federation (CRTTF) Senior Championship scheduled for September 23-29 at the National Arena.

Godfrey Lothian, president of TTJ, made the plea for support during a press conference to launch the championship at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday.

“The TTJ now will be seeking the support and sponsorship from the public as the amount needed to stage the championships that involves other expense to cover,” Lothian said.

“... rental of the venues, transportation, accommodation and meals are the ones that are most important of them all. It's a lot of money, but we are the host and we need to put everything in placed,” said the TTJ president.

He said so far, a number of sponsors have already committed to give their support in order that TTJ reach the target required to host the championships.

From that tournament Jamaica will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru, and the Latin American Table Tennis Championships to be held in the Dominican Republic.

The president pointed out that ultimately Jamaica is looking to qualify for the World Cup Table Tennis Championship that will feature 32 countries, but first they have to compete in the Latin American and the Caribbean qualifier. The World Cup Table Tennis Championships is to be held next year.

“The World Cup Table Tennis Championships has changed from every playing nation [being able to] enter. The world governing body, International Tennis Federation (ITF), has changed it to a qualifier in each region. Three teams from Latin America and the Caribbean region will qualify for the World Cup,” Lothian explained.

He added that Jamaica, within another three years, should become the number one table tennis country in the Caribbean but he noted that talent needs to be developed, especially from the grass-roots level.

According to Lothian, Jamaica will be the host of the 68th annual general meeting of the CRTTF on Tuesday, August 25, at a venue to be named, and he will be running for the vice-president position.

Jamaica will also be staging the second renewal of the Table Tennis Conference of the Caribbean on Thursday, September 27, at the Mico University College.

Christopher Samuda, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), who was the guest speaker, congratulated TTJ for being the host of this year's Caribbean Table Tennis Championships.

“All over the world sports has now switched to a business where compensation is being paid,” he said

“You should sell Jamaica as a venue to host championship events as we have the capability with also our hospitality,” Samuda added.

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