The Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTA) recently secured a sponsorship deal with Stag International to cover equipment and uniform for the next four years.
A statement from the Association described the sponsorship as ‘historic’, noting that Stag International is an Indian based table tennis and sports equipment manufacturer, with a growing and expanding global footprint with the company’s table tennis equipment featuring in over 200 counties.
“Known for producing high quality and durable equipment, their table tennis equipment is used in junior Olympic, continental championships, World Cup ITTF circuit events and key championships worldwide,” the statement noted.
The agreement was signed between the President of GTTA Godfrey Munroe and Vivek Kholi, Co-chairman of Stage International.
The collaboration came to life following a proposal submitted by the GTTA in an effort to achieve improved participation of national teams in international competitions.
Guyana in the past benefitted from Stag equipment through the International Table Tennis Federation development (ITTF) grants, however, the deal which will expire in four years’ time, is the first independently negotiated sponsorship deal between the local body and Stag. It will see the GTTA receiving equipment grant every two years.
The Association’s President said that fruits of the deal will go on show in a few weeks during a couple of major table tennis events.
“The equipment will be used for Guyana’s hosting of the 2019 61st Caribbean Senior Table Tennis Championships and Pan American Games and Cup Qualification events scheduled for the 23 to 31 March 2019 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall Homestretch Avenue Guyana,” the President said.