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Record Entries For ITTF Nigerian Open

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Posted: Apr 28, 2016 at 3:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

For the first time in the last three editions, the annual ITTF Premier Lotto Nigerian Open (Lagos 2016) has record entries of participants for this year’s tournament scheduled for May 18 to 22.

Since its inception in 2013, the tournament competitors have not exceeded 100 but from the list of registered participants for 2016 edition as at Wednesday April 27, more than 120 players have confirmed for the championship holding at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

According to Ranti Olajide, the Tournament Director, the quality of players coupled with the number of entries was a reflection of the organisation and the standard of play.

“I must tell you that this year we are having more players coming from Europe unlike in the past. Also players across the world are now beginning to realise that Nigeria is a mecca of table tennis in Africa considering the achievement of our local players taking a cue from Aruna Quadri’s global resurgence, which has now become a rallying point for all the players across the world,” he said.

Olajide, who is a certified ITTF-certified international referee, believes the presence of the top players from Europe would halt the rivalry between Nigeria and Egypt.