Lagos agog as WTT Contender Serves off


Lagos will expectedly grab global attention  for the next five days as the WTT Contender serves off  today at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

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The tournament which is attracting quality players across the globe is the first WTT Series in sub-Saharan Africa that will witness the convergent of players from India, South Korea, Germany, China, Cameroon, Egypt, Benin Republic, Ghana, Algeria, Denmark, and a host of others.

This is the second WTT Contender Lagos Series but to get here, we started in 2013 as the Lagos International Table Tennis Classics that ran for about two years, and after the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) recognized and approved the event, it became ITTF Nigeria Open which ran for another 5 or 6 years,” the Event Director, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, said.

The only year we didn’t hold the event was during the Covid-19 era and by the grace of God, we get to the level of WTT Contender which is the series of events organized by the ITTF.

One other thing we need to realize is that this tournament is coming weeks before the Olympics. So, it serves as a good preparation for many of the players that are coming. A lot of international players have included the tournament as part of their training program. We look forward to an exciting tournament Table Tennis and we want to invite everyone to be part of it.”

The LOC Chairman and ITTF Vice President, Wahid Enitan Oshodi, said the uniqueness of the tournament distinguished it from others across the globe.

This is Lagos and like I always tell you, it’s different not because we have the greatest hall in the world but what we have is the greatest fans in the world,” Oshodi said.

“ I would like to say thank you to the fans and a big thank you to the media because they tell the world what we are doing.”

He added: “ They’ve been supportive over the year, especially in the last 12 to 13 years that we’ve been doing this.”

 “As the Vice President of ITTF, l climbed on their back over the years and I must say a very big thank you to them.

For Bryce Goh, the WTT Event and Experience Manager, the tournament would afford young players to rub shoulders with the world’s best.

I’m looking forward to a great tournament and I say a big thank you, not just to the organizing committee but to everyone who contributed to this great tournament because the event would not be a success without everyone. This tournament also serves as an opportunity for young players in Nigeria to present themselves to the World stage for them to take a step up to the next level. I’m happy to see a lot of Nigerian players who are taking part in the competition.”



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