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NTTF says all ready for November national championships

13 October 2016, 13:38

Lagos - Players from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 36 states will converge on Lagos to vie for honours at the 2016 Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Championships in November.

The organisers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that para-table tennis players will also be part of the competition which would offer 18 events.

The championships, billed for Nov. 15 to Nov.19 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, will feature events in men and women singles and men and women teams.

Others are junior boys’ and girls’ team, men and women doubles, senior mixed doubles, junior boys’ and girls’ singles, cadet boys’ and girls’ singles.

The rest are veteran singles (50 years and above), para-men’s singles Classes 1-5, para-men’s singles Classes 6-10, para-women singles Classes 1-5, para-women singles Classes 6-10.

NTTF’s Secretary-General Chinedu Ezealah-Ogundare told NAN that the championships were for both the able-bodied and physically challenged players.

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Ezealah-Ogundare said that the competition would hold was being bankrolled by the NTTF and friends of the sport, adding that the state associations had duly contacted on the requirements for participation.

“The number of entries will determine the format of the competition. It will either be on group or knock-out basics. It can even be a combination of both.

“From the rounds of 16 up to the finals, matches shall be best of seven games. The cadet categories shall be best of five games.

“All doubles events shall be best of five games. We are all working in synergy so as to have a hitch-free competition that will follow laid down formats,’’ she said.

The secretary-general said that the federation would be strict with age qualification at the competition.

“We are encouraging truthfulness among our young players. The focus is on the cadet and junior players. All cadet and junior players are to present acceptable documents to authenticate their age.

“Cadet players should be born in 2001, while the junior should be 1998. The Tournament Director shall have the final say in age determination,’’ she said.

The Tournament Director is John Peters, an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Blue Badge Umpire.

Also, the Tournament Referee is Olufemi George, an umpire who works in the Nigerian Breweries Plc. He will be assisted by Opeoluwa Osoba also an umpire.


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