National top seed Emmanuel Commey made light work of defending champion, Ernest Mawutor, in the men’s final of the annual Chairman's Cup table tennis tournament staged at the Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair Centre, in Accra last Saturday. He took home the trophy at stake and pocketed GHc1500 cash reward.
In the women's competition, Celia Baah enhanced her reputation as a leading player in the country after defeating Eva Adom Amankwah in a close encounter.
Ruthless Commey, 26, of the Ghana Immigration Service, thrashed Mawutor by three straight sets (11-9, 11-6 and 11-7) to justify his status as the current number one in the game.
Mawutor, of the Ghana Army, received GHc1000 for coming second while Emmanuel Asante and Bernard Joe Sam received GHc500 each for placing third and fourth respectively.
The organisers also presented out GHc250 to the fifth to eighth placed players in the men's singles competition.
The women’s final turned into a five-set thriller as Celia overcame a resurgent Eva to beat her Ghana Army compatriot 3-2 in the final to take the trophy and GHc1000 reward.
The duo both from the army also saw Adom Amankwa received GHc500 for coming second.
Contestants placed between third to eighth got GHc250 each.
The first major event on the table tennis calendar, the Chairman's Cup moved away from its traditional venue at the DG Hathiramani Hall at the Accra stadium into the giant dome, which accommodated 16 tables and enabled different games to take place concurrently with a huge crowd in attendance, including three former African champions, as 180 players competed for honours.
The boys’ U-15 final was one of the most exciting matches as sensation Ibrahim Gado was made to sweat before defeating new discovery Richard Ofori 3-2 in another five-set thriller much to the disappoint of Ofori’s huge support base in the dome.
In the final of the junior girls’ singles, Emmanuella Yaa-Kyireh beat Joana Amissah 3-1 to claim the
Mawuko Afadzinu, president of the Ghana Table Tennis Association, said he was impressed with the level of competition and encouraged the participants to sustain the momentum and endeavour to grow the sport in their communities.
"The rise of ping pong is based on the hard work of all of us and we must unite to make this sport an attractive venture in order to get sponsors and create an avenue for employment for the youth," he stated.