Ledesma sees better days

November 29, 2018
Ting Ledesma
Philippine Table Tennis Federation, Inc. president Ting Ledesma (second from left) answers questions from sportswriters during the 2nd TOPS “Usapang Sports” at the National Press Club in Intramuros. Also in photo are Wrestling Associaiton of the Philippines presdient Alvin Aguilar and Go For Gold’s Jeremy Go and Ednalyn Hualda. Photo by Genie Villota

ALL’S well that ends well as far as Philippine Table Tennis Federation, Inc. is concerned.

PTTFI president Ting Ledesma lauded the efforts of Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman  William “Butch” Ramirez, to reach out to PTTFI and  other national sports associations and  thresh out their differences with the 2019 Southeast Asian Games coming soon.

“Better days in table tennis are surely coming. PSC Chairman Ramirez and I had a very cordial and  lively meeting at the PSC office last Wednesday,” said Ledesma during  his appearance at the  weekly “Usapang Sports” presented  by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) at the National Press Club Bldg. in Intramuros, Manila yesterday.

“We share the same observation that table tennis is one sport which can deliver the medals in the coming  SEA Games, which we are hosting next year,” added Ledesma, a former national player himself before becoming the PTTFI president.

Ledesma also told sportswriters that the PSC, thru  Chairman Ramirez, has agreed to shoulder the expenses for top  Korean coach Kwon Mi Sook, who is  serving as coach of the national  team since 2015.

Kwon is the same Korean coach credited  for honing the skills of Rio de Janeiro Olympian Ian Larriba, who  passed away due to acute  myeloid leukemia only last Sept. 2.

Since 2015, Ledesma was paying for the expenses of Kwon from his  own pocket “because we have to take advantage to get the services of such talented Korean table tennis star.”

Ledesma said Kwon was also responsible for the donation of equipment from the Korea Table Tennis Association as well as financial assistance to Larriba.

The issue of unliquidated financial assistance given by the PSC to  the  previous  table tennis association  was also brushed aside by Ledesma.

“In the first place, the PTTF cannot liquidate something we did not receive. The past table tennis group  should be the one to answer questions about the unliquidated financial assistance given to them by the PSC,” added Ledesma.

Ledesma, however, left the door of reconciliation open to all groups which share the same passion of table tennis development in the country.

“ I know I can  lead PTTFI  well  because I have no vested interest  in it and I have no business dealing with table tennis to protect,” claimed Ledesma, who sent athletes   in  the previous  two SEA Games held in Singapore and Malaysia.

PTTFI is the only legitimate table  tennis  association  recognizes  by the  PSC, Philippine Olympic Committee  and international tennis federation.

Ledesma served as one of the special guests during the weekly sports forum, along with Jeremy Go  of Go  For Gold,  Alvin Aguilar of Wrestling Association of the Philippines and Faisal Khan of  Philippine Cricket  Association.