The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has described the Nigeria Open as a model for others, and has vowed to continue to support the competition.
Fascinated by the organisation of the Challenge Plus event coupled with the huge followership it commands globally, the world table tennis governing body commended the Nigerian federation.
Speaking at the press briefing to herald the tournament in Lagos on Tuesday, ITTF Executive Vice President, Dr Alaa Meshref, said upgrading the tournament to Challenge Plus was done as a result of its global acceptance by players.
“We are happy to have a tournament with the fans coming to watch and this has improved with more players eager to come to Nigeria,” the ITTF chief said
He commended the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) and the Lagos State Government for their commitment to table tennis, while hoping that the tournament would continue to set example for others.
“We are excited with what is happening in Nigeria when it comes to table tennis and we are thrilled by the commitment of those involved in the organisation of this championship. We believe that in no distant time, the tournament will rival others in Europe and Asia in terms of prize money. We must commend the NTTF and Lagos State Government for what they are doing to the sport. ITTF will continue to support this tournament. It is a model for others in the world,” Meshref added.
For President, NTTF, Engr. Ishaku Tikon, the tournament has continued to set new records with over 32 nations competing this year.
“We are grateful to our sponsors and we want to thank the sports-loving governor of Lagos State for his commitment to the tournament. I welcome every player to Nigeria this year,” the NTTF chief said.
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