PNG, China look to set up college for table tennis
28 September, 2018, 9:30 pm
PORT MORESBY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 (THE NATIONAL) — Papua New Guinea Minister Assisting the Prime Minister William Samb, acknowledged Shanghai University of Sports for establishing a Table Tennis College Centre in Port Moresby.
Samb addressed the Shanghai delegation of 13 members which included vice mayor of Shanghai municipal government Xu, director general foreign affairs Zhang, head of Shanghai University of Sports Li and PNG table tennis federation president George Shao, who accompanied the party to the National Parliament on Tuesday.
Shao said from the initial meeting with the Shanghai team in March, the idea had been agreed to have a centre specialising in table tennis in PNG.
“I must also acknowledge Prime minister Peter O’Neill’s interest in seeing this concept through during his recent trip to China,” Shao said.
“This goes to show that the government is committed to developing the sport and as well as human resources in the country.”
Samb said the country would benefit from the establishment of the table tennis college.
“This is a great development for sport in PNG with the establishment of the centre enhancing good relationship between the two countries in sports.”
Xu and Li added that they were honoured to be part of sports development especially table tennis with the establishment of a table tennis college in the Pacific.
“This investment is for the people of PNG to excel in table tennis in future with the potential they have,” Li said.
“Prime Minister Peter O’Neill visited China including Shanghai earlier this year and was taken to the University of Sports where four PNG players trained and saw how the sport is organised in China.
“These players completed their courses and returned home and we are sure they learned much from their stay in Shanghai and will go on to have success.”