Gaborone could miss out on top tournaments

Gearing up: Table tennis will host two international tournaments next year
Gearing up: Table tennis will host two international tournaments next year

The country's capital, Gaborone could miss out when the Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) hosts two international youth championships in 2024. BTTA this week announced that it will organise the 2024 Africa Youth Championship and 2024 Commonwealth Youth Championship.

Botswana came tops amongst a cohort of nations who had shown interest in hosting the two competitions. The Africa Youth Championship is to be held from July 15-21 while the Commonwealth Youth Championship will follow shortly after the continental showpiece.

Speaking to MmegiSport, BTTA's public relations officer, Tshegofatso Malepa said table tennis would use the opportunity to sell the country through sports tourism. Malepa hinted that the game could be hosted outside Gaborone and spread across the country. "We have facilities that currently we are considering and we are in partnership (with). We are still in talks with some of our stakeholders to see where we can take the events; a possible venue that will be accommodative to the magnitude of the event.

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