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Wrestling Federation chief and URCC founder Alvin Aguilar (left) explains his side regarding the creation of Philippine Boxing Commission, as other guests Ting Ledesma of table tennis, and Jerome Go and Ednalyn Hualda listens during the TOPS ‘Usapang Sports’ yesterday at the NPC bldg. in Intramuros, Manila

Wrestling Federation chief and URCC founder Alvin Aguilar (left) explains his side regarding the creation of Philippine Boxing Commission, as other guests Ting Ledesma of table tennis, and Jerome Go and Ednalyn Hualda listens during the TOPS ‘Usapang Sports’ yesterday at the NPC bldg. in Intramuros, Manila

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

PTTF president Ting Ledesma lauded the efforts of Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, to reach out to PTTF and other national sports associations to thresh out their differences with the 2018 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 PTTF president.

Ledesma, 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 September.

Since 2015, Ledesma has been paying for the expenses of Kwon through his own pocket. Ledesma said Kwon was also responsible for the donation of equipment from the Korea Table Tennis Association as well as financial assistance to Lariba.

Ledesma 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 PTTF well because I have no vested interest in it and I have no business dealing with table tennis to protect,” said Ledesma.

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.

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