The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has confirmed the qualification of Nigeria’s Tosin Esther Oribamise, Tunisia’s Nathael Hamdoun and Egyptian duo, Youssef Abdel-Aziz and Marwa Alhodaby, for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
The YOG which will hold in Buenos Aires Argentina from 6th to 12th, October, 2018 is the third edition of the Summer Youth Olympics – a major international sports in which culture and education are also of great importance.
According to a release by ITTF-Africa on Tuesday, the four players confirmed will represent Africa in the table tennis event at the Games.
Egypt’s Abdel-Aziz and Tunisia’s Hamdoun sealed slots in the boys event, while Egypt’s Alhodaby and Nigeria’s Oribamise sealed the other two slots in the girls event.
According to the President, ITTF Africa, Khaled El-Salhy, the four players are indeed the best from the continent considering the qualities they displayed at the qualifiers in Tunisia.
“I am satisfied with the qualities of play from all the players that took part in the qualifiers and those that emerged were indeed the best from the qualifiers,” El-Salhy said.
He also called on national associations to make sure they give their players adequate preparation in order for Africa to put up a good performance at the games in October.
“I just need to appeal to national associations to ensure that these four players prepare very well for the games because I could recall at the maiden edition of the game in Singapore, Africa represented by Tunisia’s Adam Hmem partnered with a Chinese player to win bronze in the mixed doubles event and it will be good if Africa can also do well next year in Argentina.”
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