Guyana’s Table Tennis teams qualify for Commonwealth Games

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Guyana’s National Men’s and Women’s Table Tennis Teams have secured qualification spots for this year’s Commonwealth Games which will be held in Birmingham, England, from July 28 – August 8.

According to the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA), the significant achievement was communicated by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and Commonwealth Games Association to Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) President, K.A Juman Yassin.

The selection comes as rewarded for consistent performance over the period 2018 to 2020, and what is even more significant is that Guyana has been given one of three spots allocated to the Caribbean, which will be part of the 16 teams at the competition.

GTTA further indicated the elaborate qualification system instituted by the Commonwealth Games Federation and the ITTF seeks to reward teams that have had consistent performance over the aforementioned period and is geared towards ensuring continental representation and offers different paths through world rankings, regional qualification, individual and doubles,  and host country qualification.

 The squad will consist of eight players – four male and four female – who will also play Doubles and Singles at the multi-sport event.

GTTA President Godfrey Munroe commented: “With the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to limit the number of teams moving forward. So for qualification, participation at the Games will become a key feature. This announcement is significant since it comes on the backs of both men and women team performances in international competition for 2018 to 2021 period.”

Guyana made its debut at the 2006 edition of the Games held in Melbourne, Australia, then competed in Delhi, India (2010), Glasgow, Scotland (2014), and Gold Coast, Australia (2018).

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