AFTTA and KACST Filipino employees united to promote Sports
Riyadh, 14 May 2011 – All Filipino Table Tennis Association popularly known in the Filipino sports activities in Riyadh as AFTTA and the Filipino employees of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology-KACST united to promote sports among the Filipino Community in the area.
AFTTA is a Filipino Table Tennis sports organization in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with more than a hundred members. Table Tennis is the main activity of the group and each year has held four seasonal tournaments and four non-level or invitational tournament.
New AFTTA members belong to the Filipino community working in KACST, a Saudi government institution offered the compound’s recreation center to be the new home of AFTTA.
The gesture was appreciated by the group in a meeting held last Friday, 13 May 2011 at KACST recreation center. AFTTA President Vic Delos Santos was thankful to KACST management and Filipino employees in their desire to promote table tennis as productive activity in the community. “This will not only give the body physically fit but a healthy diversion to ease homesickness.” Delos Santos added. He also emphasized that AFTTA is purely a sport organization and should not be used in any political agenda.
Bong Amora who represent KACST employees in the meeting, explained to the group to respect the security measures by KACST’s security management especially entering the compound and only members of AFTTA are allowed to enjoy the recreation facilities.“Promoting camaraderie among table tennis enthusiasts is not only that matters but in order to become a model expatriate to the host country, everyone should respect the authority, be disciplined and have self control, these are basic ways to master the sport of their choice and to excel at the job”, Amora said.
AFTTA’s 2010 officers are President Vic Delos Santos; Vice-President / Administrator Willie Venzon; Officer, Tournament Affairs Val Tomas; Deputy, Tournament Affairs Ariel Mauyao; OFFICERS: Ways & Means Bong Tolosa; Finance Officer Romy Gripo; Muslim Affairs Coordinator Faisal Pandi; Artist / Media Affairs Coordinator Junior Ebro; Head Coach / Training & Development Ronnie Apostol; Technical Adviser Boy Marcelo; House Rules Adviser Bong Amora.
The group is planning to host invitational tournament this year and will also participate in other group’s table tennis tournament particularly those to be held in Dammam, Al Khobar and Jeddah. – BongA