Shemar Britton to represent Guyana at ITTF Ecuador Open

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Top Guyanese table tennis player Shemar Britton will represent the country at the Ecuador Open, which is part of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Contender Series, starting Tuesday.

Britton, who will arrive in Ecuador later today, is a former Caribbean Under-21 Men’s Singles champion, 2019 Caribbean Championship bronze medallist in the Singles competition, and Men’s Singles Under-21 silver medallist.

The National Men’s Singles runner-up and one of Guyana’s most talented players will compete in the Men’s Singles in Ecuador, with his first match in the preliminary round set for Tuesday at 10:45h.

2021 ITTF ECUADOR OPEN Playing System structure

There will be several individual events – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. All the events will be played via a Main Draw (knockout) and First Stage (Singles round-robin; Doubles– knockout).

The matches of Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles will be best-of-seven games, while the Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles will be best-of-five games.

The tournament will be a compact one with over 24 Men’s participants with players from Belgium, India Peru Puerto Rico, Austria and Mexico.

“This offers a great opportunity for Britton to have great match practice in assessing where his game is after over an 18-month hiatus from competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Guyana Table Tennis Association said.

“A budding lawyer, who attends the University of the West Indies, is one of the strongest talents emanating from the English-speaking Caribbean, an Olympic Solidarity scholarship holder and prospect, he has expressed his desire to qualify for the Paris 2023 Olympics and expressed his intention of ramping up his training and competition schedule in his quest to achieve this set goal.”

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