Gaborone — Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) has unveiled two different jerseys for the national team.
Designed by renowned leading table tennis apparel designer, Stag International, the new home and away table tennis kits are similarly inspired by the national flag colours; with the home kit being sky blue with black sleeves while the away kit is black with blue sleeves.
Speaking at the kit unveiling ceremony, BTTA public relations officer, Tiro Motswasele highlighted that the association had signed a four-year sponsorship deal with Stag international worth P476 000.
The sponsorship include among others, an annual supply of national team kit, 10 table tennis tables in every two years and table tennis carpets as well as other equipments.
He said BTTA was delighted to be among the 36 national table tennis teams that had signed a sponsorship agreement with Stag; a move, which he said was clear testimony of the sport in the country.
He noted both BTTA and Stag share a similar policy, which was to foster growth and development of sport by promoting it at the grassroots level.
"In their endeavor to develop table tennis, Stag in collaboration with International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has undertaken development projects world wide called Sport for All Equipment for All, which aims to provide equal opportunities for underprivileged people around the world to have access to sport's equipment and BTTA sponsorship is a result of the initiative," he explained.
He said the sponsorship comes at an ideal time as the national team was preparing for the Region 5 Games in Lesotho in December.
"The association is sending a team of 11 athletes to Lesotho to represent the country in the Region 5 Games and the timing of the sponsorship could not come at a better time," he said.
Motswasele further pleaded with the business community and other stakeholders to come forth in sponsoring the development of table tennis in the country.
Source : BOPA