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  • Mohammad Amin

Qatar Table Tennis: New season, fresh steps

DOHA (Qatar): The Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA) hopes to start the new season with a positive frame of mind after much of this year’s competitions were hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the postponed events including the 2019-2020 Amir Cup were completed with success. As the 2020 year is coming to an end, QTTA wants to put in an extra effort when the new seasons get underway.

As a part of its strategy, the federation is keen on developing the sport at the club level. “I thank all the clubs for cooperating with us to develop the game at all levels,” said Mr Khalil Al Mohannadi, who celebrated his 25th year as QTTA President in July this year. Under the leadership of Mr. Khalil, QTTA will be undertaking several strategies to boost the sport’s growth in the country.

“We are in one boat with the clubs. We are working together for the benefit of Qatar. We look forward to great successes at the international as QTTA has played decision-making roles in Arab, Gulf, and internationally as well,” said Mr. Khalil, also an ITTF Deputy President.

The decisions aimed at developing the game in cooperation between QTTA and the clubs.

“Our players compete with the Arab world. We are currently preparing a junior team to compete globally. There’s an agreement with the Aspire Academy and Chinese federation to guide them,” added Mr. Khalil, who also heads the Arab TT Association and First Vice-President of Asian TT Union.

A new calendar for 2020-2021 season

QTTA Secretary-General Mohamed Abdullah Saleh felt that it was necessary to adopt and follow stipulated health guidelines due to the pandemic.

“The calendar will take into account the application of precautionary measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus. The health of everyone associated with the sport is important,” said Mr. Mohammed said.

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