Ganna Gaponova, left, and Tetiana Bilenko, right will be in action at the WTT Star Contender in Doha ©Getty Images

Four Ukrainian table tennis players will be in action at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Star Contender scheduled to be held in Doha from March 25 to 31.

Tetiana Bilenko, Ganna Gaponova, Margaryta Pesotska, and Yaroslav Zhmudenko all arrived in Qatar after International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) foundation director Leandro Olvech offered assistance through Ukrainian Table Tennis Federation President Oleksandr Zats to make sure players from the country can participate in events.

Ukrainian-born four-time Olympian Galia Dvorak was appointed as a goodwill ambassador by ITTF to ensure smooth communication with Ukrainian players and table tennis community.

"I cannot wait to see these four players in Doha," said Dvorak.

"It will be a message of hope and resilience.

"There, they will do what they do best: playing table tennis.

"For many years, our sport has shown us that it is not only a game but a very powerful tool to unite people.

"Let's use it to help the community of Ukrainian athletes who need it so much in this horrible war."

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the ITTF has has activated the Emergency Relief Fund to help those affected by the current situation and have set up a new online fundraising campaign.

"The ITTF Group remains very concerned and reaffirms its full solidarity with the people of Ukraine," Olvech said.  

"The money we will received will be used to finance the travel costs of the players but also future initiatives to help them train and compete."