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ITTF Nigerian Open Holds Saturday

Posted: Apr 1, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Hundred of players have arrived in Lagos for the 2016 ITTF World Tour, Nigerian Open.
The championships, which serves off on Saturday April 2 will end on Sunday April 3 at the National Training Centre of the National Stadium, Lagos.
The two-day event will produce eight players- four men and four women – that will join the main ITTF World Tour, which holds on May 18 to 22 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Chinedu Ezeala-Ogundare, the Secretary General of the NTTF, said that they were overwhelmed with the high number of players that registered for the championships, adding that it promises to be exciting considering the presence of some foreign-based players.
The tournament will be used to select players that will represent Nigeria in the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles at the World Tour Nigeria Open scheduled for May 18-22, 2016. Only the four highest ITTF ranked Nigerian players in the April 2016 world ranking in both events shall qualify automatically to represent Nigeria. All players not qualifying automatically but who wish to represent Nigeria are advised to play in the qualifying tournament.
To be eligible for the qualifiers, players must have to registered members of states are affiliated to the NTTF or foreign-based Nigerian players. All players shall hold the current NTTF Player’s License, which must be produced on demand.
For the qualifiers format, the registered players shall be drawn into pools and matches will be played in a groups Round Robin, with qualifiers from each group advancing into second round in both events, while matches in round one round robin shall be best of five games, while matches in round two shall be best of seven games and shall be played on knock-out basis.