TATAND-National Age Group tilt slated

TATAND-National Age Group tilt slated

TATAND Honorary Chairman Charlie Lim (right) and team coach Julius Esposo

MANILA — The Table Tennis Association for National Development (TATAND) is again at the forefront of the sport’s extensive grassroots program as it hosts the 2022 National Age Group Table Tennis Championship on November 5-6 at the Robinson Novaliches Trade Hall.

Southeast Asian Games veteran and former national team coach Julius Esposo said TATAND which organizes tournaments on a nationwide scale is teaming up this time with the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) and Robinsons Novaliches in an effort to strengthen the country’s pool of talented young players who could be tapped for the National Team in the future.

“TATAND has always been a supporter of table tennis, particularly at the grassroots level. From a series of tournaments, TATAND through its Honorary Chairman Mr. Charlie Lim and several Filipino-Chinese sportsmen friends are collaborating with the different Universities in China to send athletes to Educational Tour and training,” said Esposo, who also serves as tournament director.

Among TATAND protegees who are now members of the Philippine Team were John Russel Misal, silver medalist in the doubles event in this year’s Vietnam SEA Games; teen star and currently the country’s No.1 women player Keith Rhynne Cruz and younger brother Kevin, who won a silver medal in the World Junior Championship last August.

“Our first age-group competition last July was a huge success. And like the first one, we hope to discover more young and outstanding table tennis players who could someday represent the country in the international competition,” stressed Esposo.

Around 300 entries from various clubs, organizations and schools are expected to participate in the tournaments. All participants will receive a free promo jersey from Joola Philippines.

Already confirmed were Atimonan Paddlers, DSUTTC, Atimonan-Tarlac, GEHP, ILO-ILO, UST-Angelicum College, Maasin City TTC, All-Star Legend-•Army, UMAC, Heimemex/Kapampangan, LSGH TT TEAM, DMMMSU Agoo TTC, Bulacan Spinner, St. Scholastica Academy Bacolod City, Bulakenyong Pingpongero, BPSU/RU, Buskos Bulakan TTC, PATTO, Binangonan TTC, Santuaro of St. Maria Theresa School, Sta. Rosa City, and TATAND

Registration is still open until October 30 or upon reaching the maximum number of entries.

Esposo expressed his appreciation for the generosity of Robinsons Novaliches, Toto Pol Fish Broker, Mr. Charlie Lim of TATAND, Joola Philippines, Green Paddle, JP Bagoong, Carlson Digital Prints, Paper Holic, Hard Race, Dave Enterprises, Table Tennis Lab Singapore and Best Tank. (ai/mtvn)

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