Legends of Ghana table tennis were last Saturday honoured at the Veterans Table Tennis Association Ghana (VTTAG) Secretariat in Accra.
The former national stars who blazed the trail from the early 60s to the 90s were recognised for their achievements during their prime and contributions to the game in recent times.
The awardees included Emmanuel A. Quaye, a former two-time winner of the Africa men’s singles title in 1962 and 1968.
He received a plaque with a citation which highlighted his achievements and contribution to the game.
Another winner, Ethel Jacks (Queen of Africa Table Tennis), was a three-time former Africa Singles titlist in 1964, 1968 and 1974. She also won three women’s doubles titles in 1964, 1968 and 1976 at the Africa Table Tennis Championships.
She later expressed her delight about the award and called for a serious approach towards the development of the game.
Also honoured on the night was Esther Lamptey (who is now domiciled in the United States), winner of the Women’s Singles title at the African Table Tennis Championships staged in Dakar, Senegal, in 1980.
From Agona Kwanyako in the Central Region, Ibrahim Gado Nuhu was also honoured for winning the ITTF World Mini Cadet (U-12) Boys Singles this year.
Veteran James Aryee received a plaque and a trophy for being the winner of the two-nation (Ghana and Togo) singles event held in 2017, while fellow veteran, A.D.O 1 Samuel Ashitey Armah of the Ghana National Fire Service also received a plaque and a trophy for winning the three-nation tournament (Ghana-Togo-Benin) Singles event in 2018 and 2019.
The winners of the three-nation (Ghana-Togo-Benin) tournament teams event in 2019 namely: Jason Onyameh, Richard Laryea and Christopher King were also honoured.
The President of the VTTAG, Christopher King, extolled the winners and disclosed that an Agona Kwanyako project to develop the sport among the youth is still on course.
“We are very focused on the project; we believe that Ghana’s future in ping-pong lies in the bosom of Kwanyako and we are very much committed to it,” he stated.
He appealed to corporate bodies to invest in the sport.