27th March, 2012
Lagos State’s ping pongers would soon be called to camp ahead of the 2012 National Sports Festival.
Chairman of the state’s Table Tennis Association, Femi Sokoya, said part of the short term plan of the association ahead of the festival is to organise regular tournaments to keep the players busy.
Sokoya, who sponsored the just concluded Chairman’s Cup at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Rowe Park, Yaba at the weekend, said the association is determined to raise the standard of the sport through regular competitions by partnering corporate bodies to popularise the sport with grassroots programmes for primary and secondary schools in the state.
Sokoya appealed to the state government to create a welfare scheme for the players to discourage them from being poached by other states of the federation.
Meanwhile, representatives of Union Bank Table Tennis Club, Sola Oyetayo and Fatimo Bello, won the maiden Chairman’s Table Tennis Competition at the weekend.
Oyetayo, who won the sum of N40,000 as the champion, defeated compatriot, Ganiyu Ashimmiyu, by 11 – 5, 8 – 11, 4 – 11, 11 – 8, 11 – 4.
Bello, a Diploma student of Physical and Health Education in Lagos State University, LASU, who started playing table tennis in 2000, confirmed her supremacy over Funke Hassan of Nigeria Police Force with 3-1 victory. She received the sum of N30,000 for her effort.
Union Bank’s coach, Samson Ajayi, attributed the club’s domination in Lagos State table tennis to the commitment of the bank’s management.