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    Nigeria fails to secure promotion at ITTF World Team Championships

Nigeria fails to secure promotion at ITTF World Team Championships

Nigeria’s quest for promotion to the championship division of the ITTF World Team Championships has come to an end.Slovakia on Friday defeated Nigeria, the only African team campaigning in the second division.Aruna Quadri, Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo were beaten by the trio of Lubomir Pistej, Samuel Novota and Wang Yang.Pistej defeated Quadri 3-1 win while Novota beat Abiodun 3-2. Omotayo, [...]

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    Nigeria qualifies for knockout stage of ITTF World Team Championships

Nigeria qualifies for knockout stage of ITTF World Team Championships

Nigeria bounced back from the loss to Slovakia by defeating Bulgaria and Australia on Wednesday in the men’s second division of ITTF World Team Championships.The trio of Segun Toriola, Aruna Quadri and Olajide Omotayo beat Bulgaria's Golovanov Stanislav, Alexandrov Teodor and Kodjabashev Denislav to qualify for the knockout stage of the championship.Toriola showed class against Stanislav with an emphatic 11-7, 11-3, [...]

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    Nigeria suffers first defeat at ITTF World Team Championships

Nigeria suffers first defeat at ITTF World Team Championships

Nigeria suffered its first defeat at the 2018 ITTF World Team Championships in Halmstad, Sweden.Having won against Turkey and Argentina, Nigeria was on the losing side on Tuesday against Slovakia.The West African side fielded the trio of Segun Toriola, Aruna Quadri, and Olajide Omotayo against Slovakia’s trio of Lubomir Pistej, Wang Yang, and Samuel Novota.It was Toriola that first tasted a 3-0 defeat [...]

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    Commonwealth Games: Toriola, Abiodun cruise into table tennis semi-final

Commonwealth Games: Toriola, Abiodun cruise into table tennis semi-final

Nigeria’s table tennis players on Saturday defeated Australian opponents in the quarter-final of the men's doubles event at the Commonwealth Games.Segun Toriola and Olajide Omotayo defeated Australia's David Powell and Heming Hu 3-0 in three straight sets of 11-7, 11-5, 11-7.Nigeria will face the winner of the clash between Northern Ireland and England.Seven-time Olympian Toriola advanced to the semi-final men's [...]

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    Commonwealth Games: Nigeria outshine Belize, Malaysia in table tennis

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria outshine Belize, Malaysia in table tennis

Nigeria's male table tennis players started their campaign at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia on a good note. The Nigerian players in Group 4 defeated Malaysia and Belize in their opening matches.Olajide Omotayo beat Malaysia's Chee Feng 13-11, 15-13, 11-7 to emerge winner of the three sets game.It was his second match of the day, having earlier defeated Belize's Rohit Pagarani [...]

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Olajide Omotayo battles for main draw at Spanish Open

Having put his inability to make it to the main draw at previous tournament, Olajide Omotayo is hoping to put this behind him as he begins campaigns in the preliminary of the Spanish Open which serves off on Wednesday, November 22. To negotiate his way into the main draw, Omotayo will have to contend with Turkey’s Ibrahim Gunduz and Kazastan’s Denis [...]

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    Omotayo, Nosiru, Aiyelumo fly Nigeria’s flag at Belgium Open

Omotayo, Nosiru, Aiyelumo fly Nigeria’s flag at Belgium Open

Italy-based Olajide Omotayo will lead two other Nigerians to the 2017 ITTF Challenge Belgium Open which serves off on Tuesday, October 31.Former international, Kazeem Nosiru and Dotun Aiyelumo, will also begin their campaigns in the group stage of the men’s singles of the tournament.Omotayo has been drawn in Group two alongside Chinese Taipei’s Sun Chia-Hung and Germany’s Hohmeier Nils.Nosiru, meanwhile, [...]

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    Nigeria Open: I’m in good form… my target is to win, says Olajide Omotayo

Nigeria Open: I’m in good form… my target is to win, says Olajide Omotayo

With regular training in Lagos in the last two months, coupled with help from Aruna Quadri, Olajide Omotayo says his game has improved ahead of the ITTF Nigeria Open.The Italy-based star says he's confident of his chances ahead of the tournament holding in Lagos.Omotayo said: "I am in good form at present because I have been training very well after the [...]

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    Quadri wary of Egyptian players ahead of ITTF Africa Cup

Quadri wary of Egyptian players ahead of ITTF Africa Cup

Africa’s highest ranked player Aruna Quadri says Egyptian players will pose the biggest challenge to him at the 2017 ITTF Africa Cup in Agadir, Morocco.Quadri says he will have to work hard to overcome Egypt's representatives at the ITTF Africa Cup."I think all the Egyptian players are threats to my ambition in Morocco and I am going to look forward to [...]

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    I was so scared of losing to a 12-year-old girl, Oshonaike admits

I was so scared of losing to a 12-year-old girl, Oshonaike admits

Nigeria's Olufunke Oshonaike has revealed that she was scared of getting defeated by her 12-year-old opponent at the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships in Düsseldorf, Germany.The six-time Olympian made the admission after defeating Filipinos Rizumu Ono in a thrilling six games encounter of 15-13, 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 6-11, 12-10."I must tell you that I was really scared wondering what I [...]

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    ITTF African Junior Championship: Players beg Dalung to resolve funding issue

ITTF African Junior Championship: Players beg Dalung to resolve funding issue

Nigerian representatives for the ITTF African Junior Championships have appealed to sports minister, Solomon Dalung, to intervene in the issue of funding for the games.The tournament is holding in Tunis, Tunisia, from April 9 to 15 but the players are uncertain over their attendance as funding and logistics are yet to be settled.But Nneka Anibeze, SA media to the minister of [...]

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    Nigeria’s Omotayo wins silver at US table tennis tourney

Nigeria’s Omotayo wins silver at US table tennis tourney

A national table tennis player, Olajide Omotayo, came second at the Westchester Open tournament in the US.Omotayo was defeated by Kai Zhang of China 3-1 in the final of the competition, which ended last Sunday.In an interview with NAN, Omtayo attributed his victory to hard work.“This is one of the biggest tournaments hosted here in the US, I lost in [...]

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