Monday, September 23

Sibu mulls hosting national para table tennis championship

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Ngie Hua (left) serves the ball to officiate the match. At right is Bee Sang.

SIBU: Sarawak Para Ping Pong Association is looking into the possibility of hosting next year’s national-level para table tennis championship.

Its president Anthong Jong admitted it would require the support of various stakeholders to make it a reality.

“Hopefully, all the relevant NGOs will lend us the support so that we can come up with this national-level para table tennis championship,” he said at the opening of the inaugural Sibu
para table tennis championship held at Star Megamall yesterday morning.

About 10 para athletes from Sibu Spinal Cord Injury Association (SSCIA) took part.

Also present at the event was SSCIA president Lau Bee Sang.

The tournament was aimed at picking players to represent Sarawak in the 2020 Para Sukma Games to be held in Johor.

He admitted that the response was not encouraging, attributing it perhaps to lack of publicity.

‘Hopefully, we can have more para athletes to join us and make the competition more challenging and interesting,” he added.

Earlier, Lau, in his brief remarks, said SSCIA was formed in 2018.

“Initially, our table tennis clubs have only four members but, as time goes by, the membership had increased. We also welcome all those suffering from spinal cord injuries to join our club,” he added.

He described the competition as a good avenue for members to conduct their exercise to keep fit.

Daesim Group managing director Datuk Lau Ngie Hua officiated the event.