Lagos – The Nigeria Table Federation (NTTF) on Monday appealed to corporate organisations and well meaning Nigerians to sponsor its players to the Qoros 2015 World Table Tennis Championships in Suzhou, China.
Anderson Bankole, the Technical Director of NTTF told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the federation lacked the funds to facilitate the movement of the players to the tournament.
“We need monetary assistance for our players to participate in the competition; the players have been preparing hard for this tournament.
“Money is needed for their flight tickets and other logistics needed to make their stay and participation successful,” he said.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
NAN reports that the competition is scheduled to hold from April 26 to May 3 with no less than a 100 countries participating in the global table tennis tournament.
The tournament would feature 310 male and 238 female players respectively who will slug it out in the Chinese city for eight days.
Bankole, who is also an Assistant Commissioner of Police, added that participation at the tournament would also help in boosting the world ranking of the players.
He added that the players always used the monthly ranking to evaluate themselves and to improve their play.
“It is very essential that they partake in the competition because it would portray Nigeria and the players in good light, following the achievements recorded recently.
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“All eyes are currently on Nigeria and we should be aiming at getting better and not otherwise, ” he said.
Nigeria would featured four male and three female players at the tournament.
The male players are Aruna Quadri, Segun Toriola, Onaolapo Ojo and Kazeem Makanjuola while the female players are Edem Offiong, Janet Friday and Funke Oshonaike. (NAN)