The 2018 ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open will be making some records as over 168 players from 27 table tennis playing nations have beaten the deadline of registration.
The 170 players mark for the $46,000 prize money Table Tennis tournament is an improvement to the 2017 edition which had 148 players.
This much was revealed in a press release by the organizers of the annual event which is set to hold at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
The competition will take place between August 8 to 12, and countries like China, England, Denmark, Norway, Thailand, Slovenia, Iran and Mauritius will all be making their debut.
The Africa’s elite tournament is the second highest prize money tournament in the ITTF Challenge Series.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the tournament has also unveiled its official website for the tournament.
According to the LOC, the website -www.ittfnigeriaopen.com- will provide regular information on the tournament sanctioned by the world table tennis ruling body – International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
Aside the website, ITTF and Twitter announced a deal to live stream the ITTF’s 2018 Challenge Series events to a global audience to complement ITTF’s current streaming platform – itTV.
Thus Nigeria Open being one of the ITTF Challenge Series events for this year will be live on Twitter all over the world.
This deal between ITTF and Twitter was cemented after a successful live stream of the Slovenia Open which attracted over 200,000 viewers on the social app.
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