Ping pong fans at the ongoing 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open in Lagos, on Friday praised the organisers of the competition for their being innovative and consistent in staging the championships.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 100 players from the globe are competing in the championships which began on Aug. 7 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Fahad Salah, an Egyptian told NAN that the organisers should be commended for their commitment in staging the yearly programme in the country.
Salah said the competition had gained momentum since its inception in 2013, urging the organisers not to relent in their zeal to take the competition higher.
“I always come around to support my fellow Egyptians whenever they come to compete in this event in Nigeria.
“The organisation, atmosphere and commitment of the table tennis community in Nigeria have helped the competition to attain international standard and it is good for the game in Africa,” he said.
Mosulola Ajegbe, a former table tennis player, said the competition had afforded young players in the country an opportunity to grow in the game.
“Organising the competition is not just a plus for the Lagos State Government but also for our young players who are given the opportunity to compete with players from other countries.
“The opportunity given to them is a major boost for their skills and I hope the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) will utilise it to develop more players,” she said.
Also, Rashidi Adepoju, a student, said he was happy that the competition had been upgraded to a Plus championships by the ITTF, noting that the organisers had worked tremendously to attain the feat.
“I was informed that this year’s edition is upgraded to a plus event by the ITTF and this shows commitment and hard work from the organisers and I hope it will continue,” he said.
In the same vein, Fidelis Chukwu, told NAN that the yearly competition was an indication that table tennis had found its feat in the country.
Chukwu urged the sports ministry and corporate bodies in the country to complement the effort of NTTF in moving the sport forward.
“What is happening in table tennis in this country is a sign that other so-called lesser sports can thrive if they get adequate support.
“I hope all the big companies and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will give other sports the opportunity to thrive rather than concentrating on football alone,” he said.
The competition will be concluded on Aug. 12.