8 November 2012

Liberia's National Table Tennis Gets Major Boost

The Embassy of the People's Republic of China on November 6, 2012 donated three sets of table tennis boards and 20 boxes of table tennis balls to the Liberia National Table Tennis Association (LNTTA). The donation was made Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at a brief ceremony held at the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.

Speaking at the donation ceremony, China Deputy Chief of Mission, Counselor YANG Jun, put the value of the sports materials at US$3,000. According to him, table tennis is also a very popular game in China apart from football.

He said his country wants Liberia experience the passion in table tennis and broaden their choice for other sports.

"The Chinese Embassy would like to enhance the cooperation with LNTTA in this area, because table tennis is a very exciting sport," he said. He hoped and prayed that the donation would promote youth exchanges between the two countries in the area of table tennis and enhance what he called 'Sino-Liberia.'

It can be recalled that in April of this year, the Embassy held its first "Chinese Ambassador Cup" Table Tennis Tournament in Monrovia. It was graced by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. "We will take this opportunity to discuss the details concerning the second tournament with the President of LNTTA," he said.

In response, the President of LNTTA, Mr. Amos Korvah, thanked the Chinese government through its Embassy here for the gesture. He said the donation came at the time the LNTTA was struggling for sports equipment. He recalled the long term relations between LNTTA and the Embassy.

"We will use these sports equipment to help Liberian players prepare for the next year's World Cup" he added.

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