9th December, 2010
Former Nigerian table tennis player, Bose Kaffo, says the Asoju- Oba Table TennisÂ Championship has done a lot to the development of the sport in the country.
The tournament, sponsoredÂ by Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas, which holds between 13 andÂ 17 December at the Molade Okoya Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium,Â Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria enters its 42nd edition this year.
Kaffo told P.M.Sports during the media briefing to herald this yearâ€™s tourney thatÂ she is proud that the competition helped her discovered her potential in tableÂ tennis some years back.
According to Kaffo, who represented Nigeria in five Olympic Games between 1992-andÂ 2008,Â the tourney has produced many national champions over the years, while itÂ alsoÂ serves as a form of recreation to Lagosians of all ages and social classes.
Kaffo said: â€œThe Asoju-Oba championship has been a platform, where budding talentsÂ are discovered. I want to say that without the tournament, there wonâ€™t be BoseÂ Kaffo, Ganiyat Ogundele and others who have brought fame to this country inÂ international competitions.â€
Kaffo, who won 15 medals; seven gold in singles and doubles at six consecutiveÂ All-Africa Games from 1987 to 2007, said the game of table tennis has beenÂ experiencing a bad fortune in the last few years.
But, she applauded the sponsor of Asoju-Oba, a private citizen, who hasÂ single-handedly sponsored the competition.
â€œThe yearly tourney has helped to position the game of table tennis in the rightÂ path,â€ said Kaffo, who won at least a medal at each of the six consecutive AllÂ Africa Games she featured for the country.
The veteran told P.M.Sports that she is one of the supervisors for the InternationalÂ Tennis Federation, ITTF, training program for non qualified coaches from 19-21Â December in Lagos State.