Retired Liberian Table Tennis player Charles E. Collins Sr. has urged the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sport (MYS) to invest in the sport.
The veteran Liberian Table Tennis player made the call Wednesday at the end of an 8-day Level-2 training course for local coaches at the headquarters of the Liberia National Table Tennis (LNTTA) at the Sports Commission on Broad Street in Monrovia.
He said as an individual sport, Table Tennis helps to develop the brains of its athletes and as such investment into it may help many school going kids in Liberia.Collins also described the sport as one of the most entertaining and money-making sports in the world.
He said while it is true Government focus is on football other sports like table tennis are cardinal and must been given equal attention.“We know government has more interest in football, but I think we need to invest a little bid in sport like table tennis. Table Tennis is a very important. Apart from the money aspect its helps you to think faster, you don’t timed to think about anything when the ball is coming,” he said.
Mr. Collins who represented Liberia at several international tournaments also expressed delight over the involvement of more school going kids in the sport.“I am impressed by the presence of many children at this tennis ground, it is a good sign for the future of the sport in Liberia and I believe we should do more to help inspire and encourage them,” he added.
The seminar which was facilitated by Egyptian Tennis expert Ahmed Aly Ahmed Eldawlatly was sponsored by the World Tennis body, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).The Level-2 training course is an advanced seminar for table tennis coaches worldwide.
story by Edwin Dolo ,Contributing Journalist