15 table tennis umpires passed out
Eight Countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, Madagascar, Eriteria and host Uganda will battle it out for the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) East Africa regional Championship on Thursday and Friday.
The two-day event started Saturday with an umpire and referee course at Uganda Olympic Committee(UOC) with participants from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Uganda Table Tennis Federation (UTTF) president Robert Jjagwe lauded National Council of Sports and UOC for the support they offered to make sure that the event is a success.
“We received sh15m from NCS, Sh20m from the International body to organise this event. I thank the two for the support plus UOC who offered the venue for the course,” Jjagwe said.
Fifteen participants attended the course of which 11 were from Uganda, three from Kenya and one from Tanzania.
The course was conducted by ITTF instructor Lanasri saidi from Algeria.
He added they will conduct a trial for the top Uganda players on Wednesday to select the final four athletes to represent Uganda in the regional championship.
NCS general secretary Dr. Patrick Ogwel assured UTTF of government commitment to support any sport that involves the youth.
UOC president William Blick also lauded NCS for the good work in supporting Sports federation that tap talents through the different activities they organise.