Bangladesh is all set to host the inaugural South Asian Club Table Tennis Championship with the champions of the premier leagues from six nations taking part in the four-day meet.
The championship featuring six clubs from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Bangladesh will get underway on Saturday at the gymnasium of MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram. Advocate Golam Mustafa Memorial Trust is sponsoring the event.
“The executive committee of South Asian Table Tennis Federation had discussed introducing the championship two to three years ago. I'm really happy that the championship is finally seeing light,” said Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation's (BTTF) general secretary Khandokar Hasan Monir at a press conference in Dhaka yesterday.
“It is a good opportunity for our players to compete against foreign players because they don't get enough opportunity to play international matches,” said Monir.
Bengal Club of India, Thimphu Table Tennis Club of Bhutan, Hawaii Table Tennis Club of Nepal, Maldivian Table Tennis Club of Maldives, Southern Table Tennis Club of Sri Lanka and Pallolic Club of Bangladesh will play each other in round-robin matches, with the top point-getters ultimately becoming champions.
Karachi Gymkhana Table Tennis Club of Pakistan were also supposed to take part in the championship, but they withdrew as their players are representing Pakistan in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Manosh Chowdhury, Mahbub Billah, Hridoy Junior and Egyptian Sayeed Lashin are supposed to represent Bangladesh champions Pallolic Group.