LSSC’s Aiyepeku tips ITTF Africa Western Region Championships to produce worldbeaters
ATHLETES from Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and host, Nigeria, yesterday, converged on the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun in Surulere, Lagos, to vie for honours in the four-day regional ranking
International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Africa Western Region Championships.
Unveiling the championship, yesterday, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Sola Aiyepeku, urged the athletes to enjoy the warmth and friendliness the state will provide during their stay in the country, adding, “we hope that from this tournament, future stars that will continue to raise the profile of the sport in the world are going to emerge.
“We are not only looking for stars, but we are hoping that world beaters will also come out from this competition.” The ITTF Africa Western Region Vice President, Ferdinand Sounou, who lauded the host’s leadership role in the region, said: “We are looking up to Nigeria in the region and we hope they will continue to lead, especially as they continue to raise the standard of the sport for us in Africa.
“We must commend them for being a good hosts and we also urge our players to avail themselves of this rare opportunity to showcase themselves to the outside world.”
Africa Table Tennis Federation Vice President, Germain Karou, said the contest was coming at a time when the whole world is looking up to Nigeria, following the brilliant feat of Africa’s number one, Quadri Aruna, at the world stage.
Nigeria Table Tennis Federation President, Ishaku Tikon, who also spoke at the occasion, said the western regional contest will help to uncover stars like Aruna, who, he added, has continued to put Africa in the world map.