THE Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) is assessing and finalizing its plans for the hosting of a Restart Competition by the end of the month.
The association will look to follow all rules and regulations set by the national COVID 19 task force and Ministry of Health in order to ensure the safety of its players and officials.
“The athletes’ health, wellbeing and safety is of paramount importance to us, so we want to ensure we get this right as we venture out. In this regard we will use the National COVID 19 Task Force and ITTF guidelines and will be using some independent health personnel to assist us with review of our processes, while ensuring necessary approvals from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport are secured.”
The plan is to use a Top 12 and top 16 duel format which would allow us the opportunity to schedule and timetable the matches well in advance so players will be aware of their schedules and we will be able to promote the matches in advance
This format also allows us to limit the amount of players participating in the competition so as to comply with the social distancing policy
The intention is to invite players as they are scheduled to play, so the venue would not have more than six players in the area at one time
“Players will only come to the venue based on the schedule of matches …. We will have a period to allow for sanitizing of the playing area after each match, so space and time would have to be allowed between matches and for players to warm up.” Which will all be covered in the schedule.
Another key feature of our Restart process is that we would have meetings with the player’s umpires and table officials to go over the safety protocols to ensure compliance
The categories to be contested for the initial Restart competition are Men’s Top 16 Duel which will come from among the nation’s top 16 players who competed at the 2020 edition of the Senior National Championships, while the Boys’ competition will also include the top 16 juniors. The Girls’ clash will be between the top eight junior females, while the Senior Females will be an open battle among the active local players. The plan is to carefully and evolve advance this format with the hosting of similar type competitions involving the age group categories in the next edition of the competition proposed for December 2020 as we gradually restart the competition and training process
If the GTTA can get over the hurdles, our plan and aim is to run off these RESTART competitions event from November 27. Which would also give our players time to train and prepare for reengagement
The games will be streamed online which would allow for persons to view the matches and although both national junior boys and junior girls and their senior counterparts will compete, the playing area
The plan is to have cash incentives for the senior categories and trophies for the Juniors would not be crowded.