5 Nigerians lose in table tennis action at Tokyo Paralympics




Five Nigerians who joined in action on Wednesday at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo ended up on the losing side.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ahmed Koleoso began the chain of losses when he fell 0-3 to Thomas Bruechle of Germany at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

He lost 5-11 3-11 8-11 in a Group D match of the men’s singles Class 3 which lasted just 15 minutes.

Less than an hour later, Tajudeen Agunbiade went on to lose 0-3 (5-11 7-11 6-11) to Ivan Mai of Ukraine in a Class 9 Group B action.

Victor Farinloye also lost 2-3 to Ukraine’s Viktot Didukh in a Class 8 Group A match, rallying back after the first set to lead 2-1.

After losing 6-11, he won 11-7 and 11-9, only to go on to lose 11-9 11-3.

Later in the day, Olufemi Alabi joined in losing by falling 0-3 to China’s Lian Hao 6-11 4-11 9-11 in a Class 10 Group C game.

Faith Obazuaye capped an unimpressive day for Team Nigeria by losing in the ’s singles Class 10 in a Group C fixture.

She lost 0-3 Tien Shiau of Chinese Taipei, 9-11 3-11 5-11.

The sixth member of the para- contingent in Team Nigeria, Isau Ogunkunle, will join the fray on Thursday at the same venue.

He will take on Maxime Thomas of France in a Class 4 Group C fixture on Thursday.

NAN reports that all six players, including Ogunkunle, will return later on Thursday afternoon for their respective second matches in their groups.

Team Nigeria is featuring five male player and one female player in the para- events at the Games.

Suwaibidu Galadima will on behalf of Team Nigeria join the para-athletics competition on Friday in round one heat 1 of the men’s 100 metres T47.(NAN)

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