By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, NTTF, Ishiaku Tikon has said that the federation is ready for action anytime the current lockdown is eased on sporting activities.
He said this during a monitored interview on Channels TV’s Sports This Morning.
“Table tennis is ready to resume. My players have resumed training. In fact, Aruna Quadri’s club in Portugal just won the Portuguese League. He played alongside his compatriot, Bode Abiodun. We have players all over the world that have resumed training. Back home also we have arrangements in place where selected players have started training and observing COVID-19 protocol.
“COVID-19 has caught up with virtually all sports not only in Nigeria but across the world. We are moving with it.
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“Of recent we have this initiative by the Honourable Minister of Sports, the COVID-19 Sports Code which is part of preparation towards resuming sports back in Nigeria. There were line up programs for 2020, even as COVID-19 is being eased out, we will definitely have to look into the ITTF events to ensure that our programs do not coincide with ITTF events.
NTTF President also affirmed that table tennis has recorded tremendous success before and after taking over as the President of the Federation.
“We have recorded tremendous growth in table tennis. My predecessor, Barrister Waheed Oshodi has done so much. From where I have taken over till today, we have had unprecedented records. We are very good at table tennis.
“As a Federation, we have made it our priority within our activities in Nigeria to expose players to participate in world events. This will enable them to meet with world stars which will improve their game.” He concluded.
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COVID-19 pandemic has also affected table tennis in Nigeria as the Nigerian Open was canceled due to the pandemic. With the resumption of sporting activities in Europe and other climes, it is expected that the lockdown on sporting activities in Nigeria will soon be eased to pave way for the discovery of table tennis talents in Nigeria.
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