Trinidad Express / Dennis La Rose has been forced to abandon plans to compete at this week’s US Para Open Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The tournament serves off tomorrow.
La Rose is Trinidad and Tobago’s top para table tennis player, and was hoping to use the US Para Open as a stepping stone en route to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The Carenage Blasters Table Tennis Club player told the Express that he managed to raise enough funds to cover his accommodation in Las Vegas, but his request for an airline ticket was turned down by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.
In addition to La Rose’s personal fund-raising efforts, the Solo Crusaders Table Tennis Club staged the “Last Man Standing” tournament in November. The one-day event, which was won by Curtis Humphreys, rasied $2,000 for La Rose.
In a statement on social media, on the weekend, La Rose expressed his gratitude to those who assisted in his failed attempt to get to Las Vegas.
“Thank you all for your help and donations towards the tournament. The funds were only able to assist me with accommodation. But still I thank you all for your help, well wishes and gratitude towards me achieving a dream.”
La Rose, who was afflicted with polio as a child, is not easily deterred. He is planning to compete at the March 14-17 PTT (Para Table Tennis) Lignano Master Open.
“Due to the funds not fully being attained, I’m looking forward to you for help and donations again to attend another tournament in Lignano, Italy.”
La Rose said the funds raised for the aborted US Para Open mission will be used to help facilitate his participation in the Lignano Master Open.