The Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) is set to take on neighbors South Africa for the rights to host the regional qualifying tournament for the 2023 World Table Tennis Championships.
The two neighbors have offered to host the Southern Africa Qualifying Tournament to be held in the first half of this year. The BTTA suggested that the qualifiers take place in May while South Africa proposed in April. Durban, meanwhile, will host the world championship as the competition returns to the continent for the first time since 1939, when it was held in Egypt. “It’s just us (BTTA) and South Africa. We are the only countries that applied to host the World Championship qualifiers.
The ATTF (African Table Tennis Federation) will give its verdict soon, but I think we have a good chance against South Africa. Our neighbours, I believe, will want to test their readiness to host the world championship by hosting the qualifying tournament. But I think we are just as capable of hosting a tournament of this magnitude.
For our application, we said that we want to organize the qualifying tournament in May, we are always ready to host whenever we are called. From now on, we will wait for the ATTF decision,” BTTA President Kudzanani Motswagole told Mmegi Sport this week.
The Regional Qualifying Tournament is the first round of the World Championship qualifiers. Tunisia will host the continental qualifiers this year where the continent has been awarded four places in each category at the global spectacle. Motswagole told Mmegi Sport that the ATTF has requested that the host continent be granted an additional spot at the World Championships. “The World Championships are played under very strict conditions.
Each match is televised live and the program cannot be disrupted in any way. We, as a continent, have requested one more place at the World Championships and we are going to hear the deliberation of the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation).
The BTTA had organized a tournament in December open only to players from southern Africa. In 2018, BTTA hosted the AUSC Region 5 Games in Gaborone.