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Stay Home, Stay Safe Table Tennis Championship Solanke, Ayanwale thrill Iyana Ipaja residents


Table tenis. Photo: ROCKCITYFM

Reigning African Junior table tennis champion, Azeez Sholanke, alongside national team colleague, Jamiu Ayanwale was in top form over the weekend at the Stay Home Stay Safe Table Tennis Championship, which the organisers used to sensitise the residents on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The championship, according to the organisers, was an enlightenment/exhibition competition to aid the campaign for people to stay at home as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

But for the worldwide lockdown caused by the COVID-19, the duo was scheduled to represent Nigeria at the African Junior Table Tennis Championship in Antananarivo, Madagascar.


At the programme held at Bakare Jafojo Street in Abule Oki area of Iyana-Ipaja, 15 spectators were allowed to witness the contests in line with the social distancing rule.

The event which was jointly facilitated by Bakare Jafojo residents chairman, Mr. Olatubosun Banjo and Chief Olatunde Durosinmi, the Akinrogun of Abule-Oki, had health experts who took time to brief people in the neighbourhood on how the lockdown would work if adhered to in overcoming the spread and eventually getting rid of the coronavirus.

In the Elite Class, Sholanke defeated Ayanwale 4-3, while ageless Segun Tela also had the better of Patience Ojo in Class A.

Others, who took part in the three-hour-long programme, were Operator Adeyinka, Timothy John, Lateef Adeniji, Abdullahi Ologunro, Seun Olaniyan and Ademola Olatunji.

“The impression that the disease is restricted to a particular set of people has now been proved to be wrong and the only way we can escape being victims of the disease is to adhere to the social distancing rule, regular washing of our hands with soap and water, using alcohol-based sanitisers, etc,” Programme Coordinator, Lukman Ologunro emphasized.


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