11-Year-Old Ekiti Table Tennis Player Set For Morocco Championship

Denis Adeleye and Ayodele Fayose An 11-year-old Ekiti born table tennis player, Denis Adeleye, is set to represent Nigeria at the African Junior Championship that will hold in Morocco in October 2016.

Adeleye, who is passionately preparing for the competition, visited the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday.

Denis Adeleye
Denis Adeleye says he is hopeful of returning victorious

Governor Fayose promised to support Adeleye within the limited resources of the State government.

In a press conference at the Government House after the meeting with young Adeleye, the young star said he would do anything possible to make Nigeria proud.


Nigerian Open Qualifiers To Serve Off On April 1

table-tennisFor local and foreign-based players to compete at this year’s International Table Tennis Federation World Tour tagged ‘Nigerian Open’, players across the country will compete in the qualifiers, which has been scheduled to serve off on April 1.

At the two-day tournament, eight players made up of four men and four women will join others in the main ITTF World Tour which will begin on May 18 to 22 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos state.

According to the prospectus of the qualifiers, “the tournament shall be used to select players to represent Nigeria in the men’s singles and women’s singles at the World Tour Nigerian Open scheduled for May 18 to 22. Only the four highest ITTF ranked Nigerian players in the April 2016 world ranking in both events shall qualify automatically to represent Nigeria. All players not qualifying automatically but who wish to represent Nigeria are therefore advised to play in the qualifying tournament”.

To be eligible for the qualifying event, only players registered by states which are affiliated to the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) or foreign based Nigerian players will be allowed to compete. All players should have the current NTTF player’s license, which must be produced on demand.

It stated further that “all intending players shall signify their intention to play by registering with the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation with a copy to the referee. The organisers may disqualify a player if information supplied is found to be false.

“All players shall abide by the rules and regulations of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation and the International Table Tennis Federation, particularly as regards fair play. All players shall not, by their action or inaction, bring the sport into disrepute. All players shall strive to win all matches, no matter who their opponent is.”

For the qualifiers format, the registered players will be drawn into pools and matches will be played in a group round robin, with qualifiers from each group advancing into second round in both events while matches in round one round robin shall be best of five games. Matches in round two shall be best of seven games and shall be played on knock-out basis.

ITTF World Tour Serves Off In Lagos

Lagos OpenAfter months of preparations, particularly the confirmation of participants, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour, Lagos Open is set to serve off on Tuesday, March 10 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Eighty-two players drawn from 11 countries will compete in the $46,000 prize money tournament, which is also a world ranking event, listed on the ITTF World Tour calendar as a challenge series.

As the second challenge series after the Hungary Open, the tournament will once again renew the fierce rivalry between Nigeria and Egypt as the North African team has a 12-man contingent competing in the six events at the championship.

Unlike the previous editions, where players are expected to compete from the group stage to qualify for the next stage, this year’s edition has a knock-out format, where players will only progress after
winning each match.
According to Competition Manager who has appointed by the ITTF, Mounir Bessah, the stage is set for the commencement of the competition as everything has been put in place by the host.
“I am satisfied with what I have seen so far and there is an improvement from what I witnessed last year. I think the tournament is improving each year and I am happy with the atmosphere coupled with the kind of organisation put in place. We are also hopeful that the players will have an exciting time in Lagos.

“The equipment is of world standard as it meets ITTF specifications while the hotel and logistics are also perfect. I believe that the tournament will be more exciting this year with the quality of players competing this year,” Bessah said.

An elated President, Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, believes Lagos Open has become a rally point for Africa, with the quality of organisation and the presence of Lagos fans who
most times make the tournament very glamorous.

“I am looking forward to the huge support the players used to get from the Lagos fans. I think this competition is unique because the fans are always there for the players and this alone makes the tournament different from every other in the continent. I must commend the efforts of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) led by Wahid Oshodi for their commitment and sincerity in igniting the love for the sport among the fans and for us in ATTF, this is very important for our sport to grow and get more sponsors,” the ATTF boss said.

Africa’s number one table tennis player, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has arrived for the championship and had his first training on Monday. He has also promised to put behind him the disappointments of Cairo, Kuwait and Qatar by giving the home fans reasons to cheer at end of the Lagos Open.

Association Calls For Attention To Table Tennis Development

John Peters, Technical Director Lagos State Table Tennis AssociationThe Lagos State Table Tennis Association has called on the Nigerian government to pay more attention to Table Tennis development.

The call comes as Nigeria has witnessed decline in its performance in Table Tennis championships around the world.

The Technical Director of the association, Mr John Peters, told Channels Television that the Asoju Oba Table Tennis championship in Lagos was an avenue to develop young players to represent Nigeria in various championships.

He said that lack of proper planning led to the decline that Nigeria had witnessed in Table Tennis championships and called on the government to key into the Asoju Oba initiative and improve the games.

“We have been champions in Africa and to return to that level the gradual improvement that is being witnessed should be sustained,” Mr. Peters said.

“The Challenge is on how to develop our junior category and the Lagos State government through its Commissioner for Sports and the President of the Nigerian Table Tennis Federation , Enitan Oshodi is assisting in doing that. The tournament provides opportunity for growth as it is of three categories – the cadet, junior, and senior categories.

“These categories have brought improvement,” he stated.

As part of efforts to take Table Tennis to a greater height, the Lagos State government has exposed many of the players to international tournaments.

About 10 players will be competing in the World Junior Championship in Morocco.

The Asoju Oba Championship is sponsored by Mr. Molade Okoya-Thomas. He said that his intention was to make Table Tennis the most popular sports in Nigeria.

Then Championship is only for Table Tennis Players in Lagos State.