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China donates table tennis equipment to Nigeria

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Impressed with the giant strides made by Nigeria in recent times, the Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA) yesterday donated equipment to the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) to support its youth development programme.

The donation was facilitated by the Chinese Ambassador in Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie and the equipment was received in Suzhou at the just concluded ITTF World Championships by NTTF President, Wahid Oshodi, and members of the national team, led by Segun Toriola.

According to the representative of CTTA, Su Yang Yang, the donation is part of the efforts by the Chinese Government to support Nigeria following the recent strides of the country in the sport.

The equipment includes table tennis blade (30), rubber (140), racket case (20), sports towel (20), sports bath towel (20) and sports backpack (10).

Speaking after receiving the equipment, an elated NTTF boss, commended the envoy for the gesture, describing it as another way to promote the sport in Nigeria.

“We are grateful to the Chinese government for this gesture and we hope this will help our efforts to unearth and groom world class players in the sport. There is no doubt that China is on top of the game globally, while their players have remained role models to a lot of players across the globe, including Nigerian players.

“We hope that this will also blossom into a mutual relationship that will help us in Nigeria to develop the game. We will put this equipment into use and we hope to continue to partner with them and we believe our players will benefit from using it. We once again thank CTTA and the Ambassador for this,” Oshodi said.


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