The 2019 edition of the Forbes Burnham Memorial Table Tennis tournament is set to serve off today at the National Gymnasium.
Guyana’s emerging table tennis enthusiasts will battle each other for trophies and bragging rights when play commences at 09:00hrs.
The one-day event, according to the Guyana Table Association (GTTA), will feature four categories; the handicap singles, ‘C’ Class Open Singles, 21 years and under and ‘B’ Class Open Singles. A fee of $500 is required to enter.
The tournament is open to all Guyanese who are eligible to represent the country at the regional or international level and will be played under the rules of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
The annual event features part of GTT’A’s development thrust of the sport and will precede the Junior National Table Tennis championship which is scheduled for the following weekend.
“As indicated this year, you will see much more competitions coming after this. On the 24 February (Sunday) is the Forbes Burnham Memorial Table Tennis tournament right here at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall and then the National championships – both junior and cadets – will be on March 1st– 3rd,” Godfrey Munroe, President of the Association told Stabroek Sport recently.
Meanwhile, last year’s tournament saw Nickolus Romain defeating Jamal Nicholas, who reached three of last year’s finals, to take the coveted ‘B’ class title. The under – 21 title went to Elishaba Johnson who got passed Nicholas.
Nicholas, in his only finals win last year, defeated Terrence Rausch in the handicap final.
Today’s event is expected to present further thrills as followers of the sport are encouraged to come out and show their support to players and association.
Onlookers can expect another threat from those names mentioned along with young guns Jonathan Van Lange, Kaysan Ninvalle and Colin Wong among others. (Royston Alkins)