TTASL hopes Sports Minister will heed their grievances | Daily News


TTASL hopes Sports Minister will heed their grievances

Chandana  Srinath Wijetunga
Chandana Srinath Wijetunga

The Table Tennis Associations of Sri Lanka (TTASL) has no own place to conduct practices and hope to fulfil this much needed requirement very soon. "Actually we have identified a place at Narahenpita which is a warehouse that is large enough to construct more than five areas with tables and space for spectators," said Secretary of the TTASL Chandana Srinath Wijetunga.

However with all this difficulties TTASL is hoping to resume their activities by conducting the Mayor’s Cup in Kandy in October for leading players after a break of six months will followed by the National championship in November (Senior and Junior). TTASL held a Special General Meeting to discuss ways to resume their activities by conducting a few local tournaments.

The local tournaments always give big boost for the paddlers to take part at the international events. However due to lock down period paddlers had to practice at their own places with their personal coaches.

Meanwhile TTASL has to conduct trails to select the National pool focusing international events.

According to the TTASL Secretary, after the local ranking tournaments of Mayor’s Cup in Kandy and National championships in November international events will commence with the South Asian Junior Championship in November in Bangladesh. The National players hope to ready for the international tournaments after get some match practice from the local tournaments. Actually in this year most of the ranking tournaments have been postponed due to Covid -19 epidemic and this was badly effect for the paddlers to improve their rankings.

TTAL Secretary further said that it is difficult to conduct practice sessions for National players without a venue. TTASL hopes that new Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa will help them address their grievances.

Meanwhile former Secretary of the TTASL Reza Lathif who was away in UAE for more than ten years is back home and once again is keen to associate with the sport. “We are second only to India at the South Asian region because they have many facilities and even sports schools to conduct training and raise the standard of their sportsmen. Sri Lankan paddlers have already won silver medals at SAG but now wanted to go ahead to win gold medals at the SAG region before reach the Asian level. Earlier TTAL also discussed with the Sport Ministry to get the services of a Chinese coach for the National players and hope to get a positive response from the Ministry.

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