The environment synonymous with the Nigeria Open will probably be re-enacted from May 18 when the 2021 Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Championships kick off on the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.
The event which might function one other check for the home-based gamers will probably be contested by states and golf equipment throughout the nation from May 18 to 22 in 12 occasions together with veterans above 50 years.
According to the prospectus, gamers are anticipated to compete for the highest prize in crew (women and men), singles (women and men), doubles (women and men), doubles, U-21 (women and men), cadet (girls and boys) and veterans singles above 50.
NTTF Technical Director who can also be the Tournament Director, Adesoji Tayo stated the event would assist to unearth new abilities following the exploits of some junior gamers on the twentieth National Sports Festival tagged Edo 2020.
“We are excited that new players are coming on board particularly with what happened in Edo where Amadi Omeh who beyond all expectations emerged as the new national sports festival champion and who could have imagined that such a player who recently graduated from junior to senior will defeat some of the established players to win the tournament. This has again shown us that with more competitions like this, we can more several players coming through to upstage the established ones. We also want to use the tournament to re-enact the atmosphere synonymous with the Nigeria Open which was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic and we hope to bring back the atmosphere with this tournament as players across the countries are expected to be part of the five-day event with mouth-watering prize money,” Tayo stated.
He nonetheless, stated that the U-21 and cadet occasions have been included within the nationwide championships to present room for upcoming gamers to showcase their abilities in opposition to their counterparts whereas technical officers could be on floor to determine abilities that can kind the majority of the nationwide junior crew.
Also, world primary U-11 cadet participant Musa Mustapha and his brother Mustapha Mustapha will probably be in Lagos for the event.
He added that the concept of the veterans was to encourage social golf equipment throughout the nation to be a part of the desk tennis fiesta.
Already, the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) has expressed their readiness to host the event as desk tennis is one in all their marque sports activities which has made the state Africa’s desk tennis hub.
One of Africa’s longest serving referees, John Peters has additionally been named because the event referee whereas ITTF-certified Competition Manager, Segun Peters will deal with the draw proceedings on the championships.
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