Para-athletes wants inclusion in NTTF competitions




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LAGOS – Players representative on the Board of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Tajudeen Agubiade, on Thursday urged the body include para-athletes in its competitions.

Agubiade told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos the gesture would encourage the physically challenged athletes excell.

He said there were talented table tennis players were eager make a mark at competitions but had not received the desired encouragement the body.

“I must confess the NTTF present board is doing well, competitions are regular, but in the same direction I am pleading equal opportunities be extended to the para-athletes.

“We got talents in the categories of para-athletes, they are always here in the Knock-Up Hall for training and it be exciting to augment effort with competitions.

“That is not to there is disparity, but its to foster smooth among table tennis players both able and disabled, to further solidify development of the sport in the country.

“I believe this board has a listening ear, and is to apply measures that promote the sport and put smile on the faces of the athletes under them,’’ he said.

The NTTF players’ representative also acknowledged that there were sufficient and standard training facilities for the athletes.

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“Our hall is of international standard with modern facilities for training, implying that the body is in tune with the pace of development and is highly remarkable,’’ he added.

While applauding the board for its tremendous effort in engaging athletes through competition, Agubiade enjoined state associations to also follow the good step. (NAN)
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