·As 22 Countries Beat Registration Deadline
This year’s ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open has seen Europe top the list of interested countries; just as the tournament set a new record with the largest turnout of nations, as over 22 – including hosts, Nigeria – beat the registration deadline of July 10.
With record entries of 148 players made up of 95 men and 53 women competing at the $46,000 prize money championships holding on August 9 to 13 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria.
Europe dominated the list of entries as 10 European countries confirmed their participation while eight African nations were also listed, while Asia has three countries while Latin America has one nation.
The European teams is led by France, others are Bulgaria, Finland, Russia, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, Scotland, and Ukraine.
Nigeria, as well as its continental rival, Egypt, will lead Africa teams while others are Algeria, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroun, Ghana and South Africa. From Asia are India, Qatar and South Korea while Latin America will be represented by Argentina.
The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has attributed the large turnout of teams to the popularity of the championship among players across the globe.
This is the first time that the Nigeria Open will be having large number of foreigners competing at the five-day championships, which is also a tournament that helps players to amass points for their world ranking.