New competition to pick and groom young talents in table tennis

Ang (in orange shirt) playing a friendly table tennis match with Ng after the opening ceremony of the new league at the Penang Table Tennis Association premises in Macallum Street Ghaut.

A TABLE tennis tournament to identify young talents is currently being held in Penang.

Seventeen teams of secondary school pupils are taking part in the inaugural Tanjung Table Tennis Youth League 2016 which began last Saturday. The second round will be held this Sunday prior to the finals on Oct 16.

The event is organised by the Penang Table Tennis Association (PTTA) and sponsored by Tanjung MP Ng Wei Aik. It aims to encourage students aged between 13 and 17 to take up the sport. The teams of four or five members each are playing in a round-robin basis.

PTTA vice-president Datuk Ang Aing Thye said the tournament was the association’s way of encouraging potential players who might represent the state in competitions in the future.

“With competitions like these, we can identify good players and offer to train them and tap into their talent.

“This will in turn develop the table tennis scene in Penang,” he said at the recent opening ceremony of the tournament at the association’s premises in Macallum Street Ghaut.

Ng, who launched the event, praised the association for its efforts to find new talent.

“When they approached me and informed me of the idea to hold a competition for secondary school students, I jumped at the chance to contribute.

“With competitions like these we will be able to find fresh talent and encourage them to take up the sport seriously as a profession,” said Ng, who contributed RM10,000 to the event from his constituency fund.

Twelve winners will take home cash prizes in the finals. The top three winners will also receive trophies and medals.

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