Table Tennis: Youth to finally be encouraged by PTTF

Published: April 15, 2012

PTTF President Riaz Ahmed has realised it was time the older players were replaced.


Finding a pool of young and talented players will be the Pakistan Table Tennis Federation’s (PTTF) aim at the national championship from April 19 in Peshawar.

This aim, according to the federation, will help them send a formidable squad to the Asian Juniors Championship’s qualifying round that takes place in India in June.

PTTF President Riaz Ahmed has realised it was time the older players were replaced as he puts his focus on the upcoming talent and added that the best four players will be sent to India for the qualifying event and will be trained by Chinese coaches later.

“We’ve had enough,” Riaz told The Express Tribune. “The seniors have done their part as most of them have been playing for over 25 years. We try and send our players to international events once a year but it’s really discouraging when they fail to win or even improve their game.

“So our new motto is to find new talent and the national championship is the right platform for that.”

Local players excited by the change

Meanwhile, at major table tennis clubs in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar, the players are thrilled by the change in the PTTF’s attitude.

“It’s a positive sign because I’ve been playing for the past 10 years and never once has the PTTF tried to promote young talent on the national level,” said Akbar Shah, who plays at Karachi’s Islamia Club.

“We have one of the strongest teams in Pakistan. All  the players representing  Sindh in the National Games belonged to Islamia Club because people who play here come from the best schools and colleges so it’s the cream of the crop.

“The National Championship is a huge deal for us because we usually play more than 20 regional and inter-club tournaments per year but there’s no progression from there.”

Salman Zirq from Peshawar said that the trend in the national championship was changing, and that the sport was gaining popularity among youngsters. He said that in Peshawar alone, his club has more than 500 players.

“There’s been a monopoly but now things are improving,” said Zirq. “And that’s why we’re all excited.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2012.

Reader Comments (3)

  • Pinto
    Apr 15, 2012 - 12:32PM

    Full form of PTTF- pathetic table tennis federation


  • kash
    Apr 17, 2012 - 5:55PM

    what u can expect from pttf.with no participation at regional asian and world level.what kind of talent they waldner playing at 50.persson playing at 44.its not age but the performance and fitness that matters.


  • Prof Dr Naseem Saud Ahmad
    Apr 20, 2012 - 12:35AM

    Is there any schedule of Table Tennis Tournaments or matches in Pakistan during 2012?”.

    My institute is celebrating sport week at ISC Islamabad. I was at Islamabad Sports Complex from 9:30 to 1500 hours (19-April-2012). I inquired from the Principal Staff Officer of the Honorable Minister for Sports Pakistan and other officials in the Directorates ” Is there any schedule of Table Tennis Tournaments or matches in Pakistan during 2012?”. I could not find any information. The most respectful and humble way was adopted to make me out of the building; I was referred to Director Facility Sir AGha Sahib’s office; I was offered a cup tea by the staff and told Sir! Bring your teams we are here to provide the facilities. This Dte is to implement the orders. RIHS is enjoying our services from so many days.

    Prof Dr. Naseem Saud Ahmad
    RIHS Islamabad.


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