THE Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (Tatap) is set to hold junior selection and professional tourneys this year as part of its grassroots development program.
Tatap President Ting Ledesma said that they would hold a national junior selection competition this month followed by various umpire and coaching seminars before hosting the Philippine Open Challenge Pro tour on April in Subic.
“We are very happy to announce that Tatap is holding two important events this year to promote the sport we love,” said Ledesma.
Tatap is hoping to surpass its bronze medal finish in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar. The national team is composed of Richard Gonzales, Andrew Timson, Ian Lariba, Jamaica Sy, Sendrina Muse Balat–bat, Princess Tambo, Anabelle Comendador plus coaches Lauro Crisostomo, Noel Gonzales and Lorie Jawad.
Ledesma said that the junior selection tilt would serve as the association’s grassroots program to discover and nurture new talents.
Ledesma is expecting more than 500 local and foreign entries in the Philippine Open Challenge Pro Tour.
“It was really a pleasure to hold the Southeast Asian Table Tennis Junior Championship last year and now we’re looking forward to host another international tournament,” said Ledesma.