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Belize hosts 2022 Central American Veteran Table Tennis Championships

SportsBelize hosts 2022 Central American Veteran Table Tennis Championships

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Sept. 22, 2022

The following report is taken from the web site of the Belize Table Tennis Association (BTTA) which hosted the event this past weekend at the Mexico Sports Center, situated inside the Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City:

2022 Central American Veteran Table Tennis Championships

“The 2022 Central American Veteran Championships concluded this Sunday, September 18, 2022 at the Mexico Sports Center. 

“The event proved to be a great success, with the Opening Ceremonies held on Friday, September 16, 2022.

“In attendance was the Minister of Sports, Honorable Rodwell Ferguson, who expressed his appreciation to have been a part of the event. Hon. Gilroy Usher, representing the National Sports Council also gave a few words of encouragement and support for the event.

“Participating in this year’s tournament were: Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Belize. Due to the difficulty of flights caused by the Covid pandemic, other countries were unable to attend.

“The competition, nevertheless, was quite competitive, with Guatemala winning the overall medal count and taking the Country Championship trophy home.

“The final results were varied, with Belize taking a few of the main categories.

“We thank all the participants who took the difficult journey to come to Belize, as well as all the spectators. A big THANK YOU goes out to all our local sponsors who made this event possible. 

“The 2023 Central American Veterans is to be held in Cancun, Mexico. Belize hopes to be able to participate.”

Below is a list of the FINAL RESULTS from different age categories, which is taken from the BTTA web site list of medal winners (1st – Gold; 2nd – Silver; and 3rd – Bronze). Note that some countries entered more than one team, and even a combination international team, in the different categories:

TEAM CATEGORIES (Legend: BZE – Belize; ESA – El Salvador; GUA – Guatemala; MEX – Mexico)

Men’s Team 60+ – 1st El Salvador-B (Fernando Salinas & Jose Ramos); 2nd Belize-B (Carlos Cui & Zhi Chen); 3rd Mexico (Alejandro Sanchez & Lee Harper); 3rd Belize-A (Hector Lopez & Eric Stamp).

Men’s Team 40-59 – 1st GUA-A (Armando Juarez & Axel Godinez); 2nd GUA-B (Juan Carlos Garcia & Juan Figueroa); 3rd BZE (Arturo “Tux” Vasquez & Manuel “Nelito” Ayuso); 3rd GUA-C (Erick Morales & Ivan Higueros).

Men’s Team 30-39 – 1st GUA-A (Alfredo Gatica & Angel Garcia); 2nd GUA/ESA (Boris Galeano-ESA & Cesar Lopez-GUA); 3rd GUA-B (Julio Villeda & Jose Lopez).

Men’s Team 65-69 – 1st BZE (Carlos Cui & Zhi Chen); 2nd ESA (Candelario Evora & Miguel Velis).

Men’s Team 60-64 – 1st MEX (Alejandro Sanchez & Lee Harper); 2nd ESA (Fernando Salinas & Jose Ramos).

Men’s Team 50-59 – 1st BZE (Arturo “Tux” Vasquez & Manuel “Nelito” Ayuso); 2nd GUA (Erick Morales & Ivan Higueros).

Men’s Team 70+ – 1st BZE (Hector Lopez & Eric Stamp).

Men’s Team 40-49 – 1st GUA (Armando Juarez & Axel Gonidez).

SINGLES CATEGORIES

Men’s Single 70+ – 1st Eric Stamp (BZE); 2nd Hector Lopez (BZE); 3rd Jose Antonio Velis (ESA).

Men’s Single 65-69 – 1st Zhi Chen (BZE); 2nd Carlos Cui (BZE); 3rd Candelario Evora (ESA); 3rd Miguel Velis (ESA).

Men’s Single 60-64 – 1st Lee Harper (MEX); 2nd Jose Ramos (ESA); 3rd Alejandro Sanchez (MEX); 3rd Juan Carlos Garcia (GUA).

Men’s Single 50-59 – 1st Juan Figueroa (GUA); 2nd Manuel “Nelito” Ayuso (BZE); 3rd Erick Morales (GUA); 3rd Ivan Higueros (GUA).

Men’s Single 40-49 – 1st Axel Gonidez (GUA); 2nd Armando Juarez (GUA).

Men’s Single 30-39 – 1st Alfredo Gatica (GUA); 2nd Cesar Lopez (GUA); 3rd Angel Garcia (GUA); 3rd Boris Galeano (ESA).

Open Master – 1st Alfredo Gatica (GUA); 2nd Axel Gonidez (GUA); 3rd Boris Galeano (ESA); 3rd Cesar Lopez (GUA).

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