13 Mar 2016 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA) Rudi Saunderson is the new Table Tennis Liebherr Masters Cup champion after beating Fabian Tait in the final game of the tournament here on Saturday.
Defending champion Heiko Fleidl ended second overall followed by Reinolt Schurz. Wayne Green came fourth, while Derrick Rooza was fifth followed by Fabian Tait in sixth position. Ronaldo Vogel came seventh and Roger Beukes ended eight.
The fifth edition of the Liebherr Masters Cup took place at Wernhil Park Shopping Centre.
The President of the Namibia Table Tennis Association (NTTA) Ramon Hansen told Nampa on Saturday the sport has gained popularity over the years.
There has been an increased interest in the sport over the past few years. The number of players increased tremendously and many people have been attending our games lately, said Hansen.
The competition was initiated by the NTTA as the curtain raiser for the start of the table tennis season.
Previous winners of this Cup include Colin Wang (2012), Ramon Hansen (2013) and Heiko Fleidl (2014, 2015).
The NNTA hosted the competition at the shopping complex in the central business district for the past five years with the aim of attracting new players.
Hansen said the NNTA plans to establish table tennis at primary school level in various regions of the country in efforts to make it the preferred national sport in Namibia.
The first prize winner took home N.dollars 1 000, second place N.dollars 700, third place N.dollars 500, while fourth place settled for N.dollars 300.
The NTTA competition calendar for the year:
02 April 2016 Seasons Opening Tournament (ranking)
16 April 2016 - Ladies Masters Cup
23 April 2016 - Rehoboth Junior Open
21 May 2016 - Club Team Championship First Leg
04 June 2016 - Eliminators Cup (ranking)
18 June 2016 - Namibia Under 18 and Cadet Championship (ranking for juniors)
09 July 2016 - Namibia Seniors Open
06 August 2016 Inter-schools Competition
27 August 2016 - Coastal Open
03 September 2016 - Confucius Cup
17 September 2016 - SKW Open
01 October 2016 - Windhoek Junior Open
18 October 2016 - Windhoek Senior Open
19 November 2016 - Club Team Championship Second Leg