By Johnny Edward:
The maiden edition of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Championships have been scheduled to serve off from the 15th of November to the 19th at the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium Lagos, Completesportsnigeria.com has been informed.
According to a media release made available to Completesportsnigeria.com, registered players for the four day event will battle for 18 titles in five various categories.
Also the championships will hand opportunities to players across the country to showcase their talents.
"This is another opportunity for our players to showcase their skills as well as play themselves into the national teams," the tournament director, John Peters stated.
"After the performance of Aruna Quadri at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, it is clear to us that with more efforts we can produce more Quadri that will stun the world. This national championship is another platform that our players have to prove their mettle and we are set to ensure that it is of high standard."
Meanwhile, the President of NTTF, Wahid Oshodi, also added that the tournament will complement efforts being made by the federation to unearth talents, as well as engage the players in order to keep them active for major competitions.
"The Federation is also seeking the next generation of national team players at both senior and junior levels. We must have players ready to challenge and take over from the likes of Segun Toriola," the NTTF boss said.
"Our junior team has done exceedingly well over the last couple of years but we have discovered new very young players at our U-16 League and during the Premier Lotto Nigeria Open and this will be another opportunity for our coaches to assess them. We need to keep the players busy.
"We still have a busy schedule after the Olympics till the end of the year with the African Senior Championships, World Junior Championships, Clubs League, second phase of the U-16 League and the Presidents Cup, so we must continue our development and ensure we have programmes to develop our players, coaches, administrators and umpires.”