After failing to
qualify to the elite division at the biennial International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Team Championships, Nigeria and Egypt will again campaign in second tier in 2018.
An ITTF statement said at the weekend in Lagos that from the rating of teams, Egypt finished ahead of Nigeria in the rankings
It explained that it was so because Egypt made it to the semi-finals stage, while Nigeria did not advance beyond the quarter-finals round.
As it is, Egypt is ranked 27th, while Nigeria occupies 29th place at the championships which ended yesterday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Meanwhile, the race for the African sole slot in the men’s team event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games continues between Nigeria and Egypt.
Tidesports reports that players from both countries aim to garner points to become the best team from the continent.
With the absence of Nigerian women team, Egypt has automatically qualified for the women’s team event of the Olympic Games in Brazil.
Nigeria will have to wait for the decision of ITTF to know its fate in the women’s cadre after the West African side failed to make it to the tournament.
Also, Asian giants China and Japan will battle for the titles in the men and women finals of the competition.
To berth in the final of the men’s event, China edged out South Korea 3-0, while Japan worked hard for their 3-1 win over giant killing English team.
For the women’s final, it is China and Japan again after China beat Chinese Taipei 3-0 with Japan dismissing Korea DPR 3-1.
Over 90 teams from across the world are taking part in the biggest tournament in the ITTF calendar which will end on Sunday.
Athletics: Okagbare Begins Preparation For Tokyo 2020
Blessing Okagbare, yesterday started her preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the National Trials.
The opening day of the Tokyo 2020 National Trials will see Okagbare competing in the 100m against highly rated Grace Nwokocha
Okagbare, the 8th time national champions is the favourite to win the event again, but Grace Nwokocha remains one of her biggest threats.
The American-based track queen won the championship from 2009 to 2014 and returned to win the 2016 edition after missing out in 2015.
Despite her qualification for the Olympics, Okagbare will be hoping to continue her winning streak and go to the Olympics in high spirits.
Apart from the 100m finals expected to take place in the afternoon, there will be shotput men final with all eyes on Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.
LAA Holds Lucrative Track Meet, Next Week
The Lagos State Athletics Association has announced it would be holding a lucrative Athletics Meet on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Yussuf Alli, who is the Meet Director for the Lagos Open Athletics Championship, made the disclosure on Wednes-day even as he revealed that arrangements were in top gear to have an elite cast of athletes in the one-day meet.
According to Alli, the Lagos Open Athletics Championship will simultaneously serve as a qualifying window for the Tokyo Olympics as well as a preparatory event for athletes that have already qualified for the sporting showpiece.
“This is another fantastic window for those seeking to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics as well as those seeking quality competition to stay in shape for the Olympics,” Alli said.
“The Lagos State Athletics Association, which is one of the most vibrant in the country, is out to organise a world-class event that would be the talk of the town as we count down to Tokyo,” he added.
The list of events to be competed for at the Lagos Open Athletics Championship include, the 5,000 meters, 400 meters hurdles, 100 meters, 800 meters, 400 meters and 100 meters.
There would also be quality action in the 4×100 meters open, 4×100 meters open and 4×400 meters mixed relay.
Long jump, High jump, Triple jump, Shot put as well as 4×100 secondary schools relay and 4×100 secondary schools relay have all been pencilled down for the maiden Lagos Open Athletics Champion-ship.
Organisers have assured that the top three finishers across all the events will receive handsome prizes for their efforts.
S’ Falcons Bow To World Champions
The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost 2-0 to world champions, USA, in their final Group game at the 2021 Summer Series in Texas, USA.
The result means the African champions failed to win any of their three matches at the invitational tourna-ment, drawing one and losing the other two.
Kristen Press gave the Americans the lead on the stroke of half time, and before Lyn Williams killed Falcons hope of getting a draw with the second goal on the dot of 90 minutes.
With the victory, the world number one has now gone 42 games without tasting a defeat .As for the Falcons, the aim of participating in the Summer Series was to prepare them for a crucial 2022 African Women’s Champion-ship eliminator against perennial rivals, Ghana in October.
The African Women’s Championship will serve as qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
- Politics4 days ago
2023: PDP Flexes Muscle Over C’ River
- Niger Delta4 days ago
Ayade Is Regretting Joining APC – Secondus
- Politics4 days ago
Govs To Hold Virtual Meeting On Judicial, Legislative Autonomy
- Entertainment2 days ago
Alibaba, Banky W, Others Attend Wizkid’s Debut Album’s 10th Anniversary
- Politics5 days ago
Afenifere, Ohanaeze, S’ South Harp On New Constitution
- Business4 days ago
Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA
- Niger Delta4 days ago
Diri Gives Operational Vehicles To Security Agencies
- Business5 days ago
Air Passengers Protest Seizure Of Vehicles, Extortion At PH Airport