Written by Jagat Bali Author
Jagat Bali News - Sports
International athletes of 21 countries from Europe, America, and Asia confirms that they will join the International Table Tennis Championship 'Kasih Bangsa 2011', in Bali, this December.
The world ranked table tennis athletes from the three continents will certainly enliven the upcoming championship, later in December 15-18 in Merpati Sport Hall, Denpasar. “Our commitment is to gain better table tennis achievements for our athletes. For that purpose, we always try to improve the quality of the tournament”, said Head of the International Table Tennis Championship 'Kasih Bangsa 2011', Eka Wahyu Kasih.
This annual tournament will get more interesting this year as the participating countries send their world-class athletes. Eka said that Germany will send three male team, led directly by Dimitri Ovtcharov which is world's rank 12 based on ITTF version. Meanwhile Sweden, Hungary, Russia, Denmark, and Spain send their players who currently ranked 100.
From Asia, China dispatch their super league players from Nanjing province, and table tennis team of Guangdong province. Singapore, which has strong points in table tennis, send out its best player, Yang Zi. The particular athlete had just won a gold medal and two silver medals during the SEA Games XXVI.
The International Table Tennis Championship 'Kasih Bangsa 2011' will award a total Rp 500 millions for the winners. National athletes also join the championship to fight with the international champions. The national athletes are M Husein, Yon Mardiyono, and Gilang. The tournament itself is approved by the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, also PP PTMSI. The competition is estimated to be interesting, judged from the high-level participants.
A former national table tennis athlete, Anton Suseno, said that this tournament is very important for our athletes. The national table tennis athletes, also the junior ones, should use this opportunity to measure their abilities, also to raise their experiences.
Anton also said that it would be a waste if such national athletes passed such tournament. “The main reason is because international table tennis tournaments are rarely held in Indonesia”, he said.