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  • Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Sports in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, is hailing as a major success, the inaugural staging of the Jamaica Winter Table Tennis Championships.
  • The two-day event ended on March 1 at the Montego Bay Community College auditorium in St. James.
  • Speaking on the closing day of the tournament, Minister Neita Headley said the staging of the international competition in Jamaica is “a big deal for the country” and the value of the event will be reaped in the years to come, as Jamaica cements its place as a top sporting destination.

Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Sports in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, is hailing as a major success, the inaugural staging of the Jamaica Winter Table Tennis Championships.

The two-day event ended on March 1 at the Montego Bay Community College auditorium in St. James.

Speaking on the closing day of the tournament, Minister Neita Headley said the staging of the international competition in Jamaica is “a big deal for the country” and the value of the event will be reaped in the years to come, as Jamaica cements its place as a top sporting destination.

The Sports Minister congratulated the Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) for sanctioning the tournament and also extended “sincerest gratitude and congratulations to the organisers…in recognising the talent we have in Jamaica and also recognising the value that this sport brings to the country”.

She said the sport of table tennis has been part of the Jamaican sporting landscape for many years and despite producing its fair share of champions and stars, it has not really received the kind of focus that it deserves.

She expressed confidence, however, that through the staging of the Jamaica Winter Table Tennis Championships “the sport is going to excel beyond our wildest imagination.”

The two-day Jamaica Winter Table Tennis Championship attracted 25 of the world’s top players including Damien Provost of France, the Caribbean number-one player Emile Santos, and the United States-based Chinese Bin Hai Chu.

Among the sponsors were the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).