-Seek Support For International Exposure
Lagos State Table Tennis Association (LSTTA) has revealed plans to take some of its top players on a foreign tour, in order to help them gain international exposure.
Its Chairman, Architect Femi Sokoya, said a lot of state athletes were ready to join the nation’s professional players who were playing in the top table tennis league in Europe.
Speaking further, the association chairman, stated that the board were in discussion with individuals and corporate organizations to sponsor the team’s training tour abroad.
He stressed that the training tour of China embarked by the team helped the state table tennis team to top the medals table in table tennis event at the Eko 2012 National sports festival.
Sokoya who was delighted with the enthusiasm shown by players in the One- day trials, said the association would organise bigger and better competitions to encourage the athletes to improve their game.
Currently, none of the state players are on the international table tennis federation, ITTF ranking, Sokoya expressed optimism that things will change before the next quarterly tournament.
Meanwhile, ping-ponger Adeyinka Ahmed has appealed to the Association’s chairman, Femi Sokoya, to create an enabling environment for him and other top Lagos State ping-pongers to join Nigeria’s professional ping-pongers in Europe.
Ahmed, who said he had what it, takes to play in Europe having won many state and national laurels, appealed to the nation’s top ping-pongers in Europe to pave the way for them to join the league of African professional ping-pongers.
On the ongoing trials, the ping-ponger said it would enable the state’s table tennis players to be in good shape ahead of national and international competitions, stressing that Lagos State had quality players who were vast in the game of table tennis.
Apart from using the table tennis trials to keep the players in competitive shape, the one day tournament which took place at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports of the Lagos State Sports Commission was organised by the association to rank the state’s players based on performance.
The quarterly trials, is the first competition of its kind to be organized by the association as sixty male and forty female players battled for supremacy on the table.