The Namibia Table Tennis Association (NTTA) is leaving for Paris, France Saturday to take part in the World Table Tennis Championships, it was announced today.
This is the first time Namibia will be taking part in an individual table tennis tournament held every two years.
The country will compete in the singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles.
The team comprises of three players: Heiko Fleidl also chairman of the NTTA, Fabian Tait and Carmen Britz.
Fleidl and Tait will team up in the mixed doubles while Fleidl and Britz make up the mixed doubles with their opponents yet to be announced.
Yury Vasin is the team manager for a team sponsored by DHS-Shanghai Double Happiness and NovaCambios.
Over 123 countries are expected to take part in the championships making it the biggest indoor world championship in the world.
Meanwhile, Fleidl said the team is not just going there to make up numbers but to gain international recognition and to lobby for more sponsorship towards the development of table tennis in the country.
“Team expectations is to improve Namibia’s and individual player’s overall world ranking; gain good international participation and exposure; and to hold discussions with sponsors to further develop table tennis in Namibia,” said Fleidl.
NTTA also announced that there will be a new president to be elected during this year’s annual general meeting (AGM) later this year.
The team is expected to return back on the 21 May.