Pitched battle for table tennis’ P6, 000 prize

Rebatenne carries the nation’s hopes with an outstanding season behind her PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Rebatenne carries the nation’s hopes with an outstanding season behind her PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Anticipation builds for an intense weekend of table tennis as the Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) presents the Phoenix Assurance Botswana International Championship 2023.

The event has shifted its venue from Jwaneng to Gaborone for its second edition, taking place at the Botho University Multi-Purpose Hall from Saturday to Sunday. With a total prize pool of P50,000, the winners in both the men's and women's sections will claim P6,000, while those in the Under-15 and Under-12 categories will secure P1,500.

Local players aim to capitalise on home advantage, facing strong competition from South African and Zambian participants. Bakang Maloka from Moshupa Spinners seeks to extend his victorious streak after triumphing at the Molepolole Open Table Tennis tournament in October. Despite having more than a month away from the table due to a focus on junior tournaments, Maloka is ready to compete alongside veterans like Thobo Matlhatsi from the BDF Table Tennis Club and the Smash Maniacs' duo of Boago Malobela and Masa Lesole.

Editor's Comment
Our queen: Bring home the crown

Well-wishers gathered at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport to bid our queen farewell and wish her success as she joins other beauties from around the globe for the coveted crown. Competing in such events is nerve-wracking, and one needs to be fully prepared to stand a chance of making it as a finalist.It is not just about physical fitness; mental state matters too. Unfortunately, sometimes our queens end up facing such fierce...

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