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Tikon ‘proud’ to be NTTF chair after Nigeria Open success

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Following the successful staging of the 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open, NTTF President Ishaku Tikon says he is proud to be in charge of the Table Tennis Federation.

The competition which began last week Wednesday was wrapped up on Sunday at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Tikon specifically lauded the Local Organising Committee (LOC) chaired by Wahid Oshodi for their ingenuity in raising the profile of the tournament.

“I am so proud to be the President of NTTF at this point in time,” he told the media.

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“We have been able to show the world that we have the wherewithal to match any other international competition in the world with the quality of players and organization put together this year.

“So ITTF is not wrong to have upgraded our competition for 2019 because we are ready to improve every year and we have shown again that Nigeria is at par with the rest of the world when it comes to organizing a world class event,” he added.

Nigerian star, Aruna Quadri emerged champion of the Men’s Singles category after defeating Frances’ Antoine Hachard in the final on Sunday, in the presence of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Tikon also thanked Ambode for his support and his presence at the finals, adding that this goes to show that the governor is a lover of table tennis.

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