Table tennis: Guyana’s male and female teams qualify for CAC Games


Guyana’s male and female table tennis teams on Saturday afternoon qualified for the Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Games after solid performances in the Qualifier tournament at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, Georgetown.

The male side, comprising Shemar Britton, Jonathan Van Lange, Joel Alleyne, Elishaba Johnson and Paul David, progressed from the main draw of the CAC Qualifier tournament after placing second in their group.

Guyana defeated Honduras 3-2 after winning the doubles, Shemar Britton picking up the first single and Jonathan Van Lange coming back to win the deciding game.

From left: Olympian Chelsea Edghill, Priscilla Greaves, Natalie Cummings and Thuraia Thomas. Absent is Jasmine Billingy

The female team, comprising Olympian Chelsea Edghill, Natalie Cummings, Priscilla Greaves, Thuraia Thomas and Jasmine Billingy, also joined their male compatriots by qualifying for the CAC Games in San Salvadore in June this year.

This was the first of a few objectives of Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) for this packed month of table tennis on local shores.

“This was the ultimate goal, qualifying for these games. The focus now is on placement for the remainder of this tournament. The performance is a good precursor in preparation of the Senior Caribbean tournament and other engagements for the teams.”

The qualifier will conclude on Sunday (March 19) with the semi-finals and finals beginning at 16:00h. The tournament is streamed on the official Facebook page and YouTube channel of the GTTA from 10:00h.

The CAC Qualifier aside, Guyana will host the Senior Caribbean Championship from March 20 to 26 and the Caribbean Youth and Cadet Championship from March 27 to April 1.

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