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Qatar make history with Arab TT victory

QTTA president says win is proof of growth of sport in the region

The victorious Qatar men’s table tennis team with the trophy after their victory in Hammamet, Tunisia

The Qatar men’s team caused a major upset when they defeated Tunisia 3-2 to clinch the 25th Arab Table Tennis Championship, which was held from August 23 to 29 in hammamet, Tunisia. This is the first time that a GCC country has emerged champion in the 50-year history of the biennial tournament. Fifteen countries - Qatar, egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Yemen, Morocco, Libya, the United Arab emirates, Djibouti, Bahrain, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Jordan and the hosts Tunisia - participated in the seven-day competition which also featured contests in the women's, junior boys and girls, Under-21 men's and cadet boys and girls sections. en route the final, the Qatar team, which consisted of Rio Olympic qualifier Li Ping, captain Ahmad Khalil al Mohannadi and Fahed al Mughanne, knocked out pre to-

QTTA President Khalil Ahmed al Mohannadi

urnament’s favourites egypt 3-2 in the semi-finals before stamping their authority over favourites Tunisians with the same margin to emerge victorious. The contingent also had another reason to smile with the cadet boys’ team bagging the silver medal after losing to egypt 3-0 in the final. Speaking to the Qatar Tribune, Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA) President Khalil Ahmed al Mohannadi said that the association is very proud of the team’s historical feat. “The achievement is not only for us but for the entire GCC. It is a proof that table tennis is growing in the region and that home-grown players are developing well. The future of the sport is very bright and I believe that this is just the beginning of what we can do,” he said. he added that the team have gre