Nigerian representatives at the forth-coming ITTF Premier Lotto Nigeria Open have stated their readiness to challenge for this year’s championship.
The competition since its inception (2013) has never been won by a Nigerian, but Africa’s most decorated player Segun Toriola is optimistic on the chances of Nigerians scooping all that there is to win in the tournament billed for next week.
”I think Nigerian players have always been capable of winning the title in all the three editions of the competition. It was just that we were unlucky not to have won the title having made it to the final twice, – Toriola told journalists.
Egypt’s Oma Assar has been a regular winner of previous editions winning in 2013, 2014 and the last in 2015, he also makes his return to Lagos to renew his rivalry with Haruna Qaudri.
The tournament has been received with open arms by the International Table Tennis Federation as its President, Thomas Weikert recently commended the organizers and Lagos State Government for consistently hosting and making it a cynosure of all eyes.
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 who would also be jostling to grab a share of the $46,000 prize money.
Lagos is ready to host the world at the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere from May 18 to May 22.