Hundreds of Table Tennis supporters and enthusiasts converged at Adabraka, Warehouse to witness the maiden edition of Pipiro Table-Tennis Open Tournament.
The tournament, the first of its kind was part of a set of activities, “Operation exhibit your skills” launched by Pipiro Concept, an organisation that seeks to empower the youth through sports and educational activities.
Nigerian ping pong player, Favour Ayobami beat Joshua Okine 3-1 in the final to win the maiden edition of the Pipiro Table Tennis tournament held at Adabraka in Accra last Saturday.
Emmnanuel Asante defeated ace spinner Lord Fiifi 3-0 in the third and fourth placed match to place third in the one day tournament.
Ayobami was rewarded with GHC500 cash prize and a trophy, Okine received GHC300 and a trophy, Asante got GHC200 and trophy and Fiifi took home a GHC100.
The competition witnessed 87 players including two females from Ghana, Togo, Cote D’Ivoire and Nigerian involved in the all play all format of batting, smashing and spinning.
The brain child of the event, Mr. Divine Nkrumah indicated that the tournament was aimed at whipping up enthusiasm about the game in communities and localities.
Mr. Divine Nkrumah was overwhelmed with the outcome of the event. “I want to first thank God for a successful event. I also want to thank team members for helping with the organization of this tournament, and to all who gathered here either to participate in the competition or observe, Pipiro Concept is grateful. The passion and skills demonstrated is a wakeup call that much can be done in this particular field in order not to waste talents”
He further called on Government, State Agencies and the Private sector to support and invest in the Table-Tennis Industry. He stated that the competition would spread its tentacles and the Upper East would be the next venue of the Pipiro tournament.