World table tennis ruling body, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has confirmed the prize money for the 2016 Lagos World Tour.
According to the Director of Competition, Karl Jindrak, the Lagos Open, which is one of the Challenge Series tournaments in the ITTF calendar, will serve off on May the 18th to 22nd at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, with top players from different parts of the world expected to compete at the five-day tournament.
As the highest prize money tournament in the Challenge Series of the ITTF World Tour, players will jostle for $46,000 (about 13.8 million naira) this year with defending champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar making a return to Lagos after the humiliating defeat he suffered against Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri at the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Khartoum, Sudan.
Also, other top players from Egypt who have been part of the championship in the last three years are expected to return to Lagos in their bid to challenge for the prize money.
The ITTF has also listed six events for the competition and these include singles (men and women); doubles (men and women) as well as U-21 boys and girls.
Preliminary entry for the tournament has commenced while the final entry has been fixed for April 18 while no entries will be accepted after midnight on Monday 18th April 2016.
There are indications that top players from Europe and Asia will feature at this year’s tournament as they hope to earn world ranking points as well as make it to the end-of-the-year ITTF World Tour Finals.