Munroe hails performance of table tennis players after dominant display at IGG Games

… Suriname take IGG title

Suriname took the IGG crown, having bagged 110 points

In the table tennis segment of the Inter Guiana Games played on Sunday at the National Gymnasium, Team Guyana continued their dominance over Suriname with a 7-1 victory. Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) President Godfrey Munroe has noted that the games were truly a success for the association.
In a statement on how the games went, Munroe said, “Coming off of our successful recently-concluded Caribbean pre-cadet championships held in October, the IGG Games for us was truly a success, I believe that it truly met the objectives as set out by the Hon Minister, Mr Charles Ramson and Director of Sports and us as a national sports association, in terms of proving key exposure, building strong bonds, friendships, excellence and respect which allowed athletes from other sports disciplines to become familiar with each other through the medium of sports.”
The GTTA President also went on to note that the association fielded their cadet team which participated in the recently-concluded Caribena pre-cadet championships with the addition of a few other players, the likes of Colin Wong and Salih Rahim to fortify the team. He also explained that the games provided the opportunity for the GTTA to further develop the young emerging talents, providing them with the exposure needed for their technical and tactical development and confidence, thus building team camaraderie, which is critical to realising their true potential.
“Moreso, it provided Coaches the opportunity to look at technical deficiencies and areas they can work on. Suriname truly has some young emerging talents, young in the likes of Shariq Beepat, Yasmin Idrisman, Kayleigh Jossdiwonso, and Maria Khania, who are all good prospects for the future. We have already established key projects which we will lend our support to in terms of training camps for their players, coach venturing across, players coming over for training stints among other developmental initiatives. I think it was an overall win for sports,” Munroe shared.
The results for the games played on Sunday were:
* Boys’ Singles (3-2) Rahim Saalih (Guy) lost to Bipat Shariq (Sur) (11-7, 1-11, 11-5, 11-13, 11-5)
* Boys’ Singles (3-0) Colin Wong (Guy) defeated Bipat Shariq (Sur) (11-7, 11-7, 11-6)
* Boys’ Singles (3-0) Ebo McNeil (Guy) defeated Bipat Shariq (Sur) (11-8, 11-5, 11-8)
* Girls’ Singles (3-0) Akira Watson (Guy) defeated Yasmien Jodiwongso (Sur) (11-1, 11-3, 11-9)
* Girls’ Singles (3-0) Samara Sukhai (Guy) defeated Kayleigh Idrisman (Sur) (11-3, 11-4, 11-4)
* Girls’ Singles (3-0) Jasmine Billingy (Guy) defeated Yasmien Jodiwongso (Sur) (11-1, 11-3, 11-4)
* Mixed Doubles (3-0) Ebo McNeil/Akira Watson (Guy) defeated Shariq Bipat/Maria Kanhai (Sur) (11-3, 11-8, 11-9)
* Girls’ Doubles (3-2) Shackecy Damon/Seona Barker (Guy) defeated Yasmien Jodiwongso/Kayleigh Idrisman (Sur) (5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6)

Suriname pip Guyana to take IGG title
Suriname were crowned overall champions despite Guyana bagging five of the nine sporting disciplines played at the Inter Guiana Games. The nine events were athletics, badminton, cycling, volleyball, tennis, football, table tennis, swimming, and basketball. In the end when everything was tabulated, Suriname racked up a total of 110 points, while Guyana came in second with 108 points, French Guiana took third with 26 points as they only participated in two disciplines. The event attracted a whopping total of 400 athletes.