Table Tennis: Chinese Ambassador Cup Ends in Monrovia

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Chines Ambassador to Liberia Zhang Yue presents awards to the three winners of the Juniors' Singles, Female's Singles and Men's Singles categories of the just ended table tennis competition

A table tennis competition organized by the Liberia National Table Tennis Federation (LNTTF) in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia ended on Tuesday at the auditorium of the University of Liberia.

Three individuals emerged as winners in the juniors’ singles, women’s singles and men’s singles categories.

Following an indoor ceremony after the presentation of credentials of the Chinese Ambassador and the Chinese Enterprise’s scholarship yesterday, the entertaining tennis matches got on the way in the male junior and female categories.

In the juniors’ singles final, Lasana Weh convincingly defeated Jerry Zoh 3-0 in a best out of five to clinch the glass trophy of the junior male category.

Later after the women’s singles final category, Celestine King, a young female who once represented Liberia in a table tennis tournament in China and emerged as a winner, clinched that category’s trophy. She won three games to one against Lovetta Davis.

Female champion King came from one game down to overturn the score to 3-1 in the best out of five encounters.

The final and most intriguing clash between Holder Kabowhal and Amah Kamara in the men’s singles’ final witnessed Kabowhal emerging as the winner after a narrow 4-3 win in a best out of seven clashes.

Kabowhal found himself in a comfortable position after he won three out of the first four matches, but things got back on level terms (3-3) after Kamara recovered from his poor smashes and took advantage of Kabowhal’s long smashes and skillfully securing points through his skills.

The match later entered into a must-win situation after the score was leveled at three-all.
In the final match, Kabowhal secured a comprehensive victory after defeating Kamara with a 11-3 scoreline to clinch the men’s singles.

The competition was part of the Embassy’s continuous support to Liberia through sports and the promotion of table tennis in Liberia.

Making a brief remark earlier Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue stated that the bilateral relationship between the two countries is not limited at the top between the two governments, but the people.

He added that the Chinese government through its Embassy in Liberia will continue to support and promote various sports in the country.

The president of the Liberia National Tennis Federation, Amos Korvah, and Youth and Sports Minister Saah Charles N’ Tow thanked the Embassy for its continuous support to the sporting sector.

The program was attended by several high-profile officials of the Chinese Embassy, AFL Chief of Staff Daniel Ziankahn, and presidents of the various community colleges.

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Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). Anthony has written several sports articles. He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes analysis on Liberian Football.

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