The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) has appointed Dr. Adesoji Adetayo as the technical director of the federation.
In a letter signed by the secretary general of NTTF, Chimezie Asiegbu, the approval of his appointment was ratified after the board meeting, while it received the final nod from the NTTF’s president, Ishaku Tikon.
According to the statement, the appointment of Tayo, who is also the chairman of Oyo State Table Tennis Association was based on his immense contribution to the sport at state and national level, including his vast knowledge of the game.
“By this appointment, you are the technical head of the federation and you are to advise the board on technical matters concerning the federation. The appointment is with immediate effect, which will last throughout the life span of the present board,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, despite finishing as runner’s up at the 2020 African Cup in Tunisia earlier this year, Nigerian international, Aruna Quadri has been listed among the top 20 players in the world that will compete at the ITTF men’s world cup scheduled for November in China.
The men’s and women’s world cups will kick-start the restart of international table tennis competitions after several months of suspended activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quadri and African cup champion, Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh will compete in the men’s event while African cup women’s champion, Dina Meshref of Egypt will be the sole representative of Africa in the women’s world cup.
According to ITTF, the world cups will feature 20 female and 20 male athletes, including the world champion, qualified players from all completed continental events (Africa, Europe and Pan America) and players selected by world ranking from the other continents (Asia and Oceania) as well as worldwide, according to the provisional world cup playing system.
Quadri was selected based on the world ranking, which makes him the highest ranked African in the world and rated 20th in the globe. He will be parting in his third consecutive world cups, being the first African to qualify to the quarterfinal of the competition following his exploits at the 2014 edition in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The men’s star-studded field include China’s Ma Long, who is considered by many as the greatest table tennis player of all time and he will be hoping to add the 2020 men’s world cup to his burgeoning trophy cabinet.