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S’East Open Table Tennis Championship Ends, Today

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The 2022 South East inuagural Open Table Tennis Championship served off in Enugu yesterday, the second day, after the screening of players on Wednesday.
The three-day table tennis championship which features veterans, single and cadet categories will end today. Tidesports source reports that Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi,  Enugu,  Imo and some tennis clubs within the region are competing at the event inside the Indoor Sports Hall of Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
The championship is organised by the Enugu Table Tennis Club (ETTC) in collaboration with the Enugu State Table Tennis Association (ETTA) and Enugu State Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The Chairman, Enugu Table Tennis Club, Dr Solomon Orji, stated that it was a dream come true for him and that the competition had really expanded beyond his imaginations.
Orji expressed gratitude to their several partners for their immense support and backings to ensure a successful event.
Ifeanyi Ugwuodo, Enugu State Table Tennis coach, threw more light on the prizes for each category.
He said the winner for cadet, those under 13 years, would go home with cash prize of N70,000, second would receive N50,000 while third would pocket 30,000.
The Men’s singles is N200,000; second, N120,000 and third position will recieve N80,000.
In Junior male and female, the first position would be rewarded with N70,000, second with N50,000 and third position with N30,000, while the grand prize for Veterans had yet to be determined by the organisers.
According to Ugwuodo, 104 players are participating with 31 players featuring in the Men’s single, Nine Junior girls, 22 junior boys, 16 veterans and 26 cadets.
Representative of the Nigeria Table Table Federation (NTTF), Coach Niyi Oladipupo, said he believed that the championship would improve in subsequent editions.
He said that in spite of the hitches and delays during the screening exercise the event would serve its purpose of discovery and grooming of talents from the zone.
Oladipupo applauded the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for throwing its weight behind the event.

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Nigeria’s Sports Journalists Amongst Best In World – Sports Minister

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, at the weekend, felicitated with sports journalists across the country and beyond, as this year’s International Sports Journalists Day was celebrated worldwide.
Dare, a journalist, said that the profession is a noble one reserved for hardworking personalities, who work round the clock, all year-round, to give sports the needed reportage.
“This day deserves to be celebrated, as I am a sports journalist myself, and I know the efforts and passion they put into their job daily.
“Today, I celebrate sports journalists, who have made immeasurable, sacrifice for sports across the globe, especially in Nigeria,” he said.
He added, “in Nigeria, they rank very high among professionals, who put so much passion into their work, no matter what they face.
“You have not paid attention to the hazards of the job, but instead you have chosen to be partners in the development of sports. This, in itself, calls for celebration and I join in this celebration.”
The 2022 event themed: “Securing a Sustainable and Peaceful Future For All,” is being celebrated by sports journalists, media organisations and related industries across the world since 1994.

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AITEO Cup: Coach Expresses Disappointment Over Change Of Venue

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The Head coach of Police Crime Busters FC of Port Harcourt, ASP Douye Ghomorai, has expressed sadness over the change of venue for the final of this year’s AITEO Cup from Sharks Football Stadium.
He explained that the orgnisers had not given any reason why they changed the venue to Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, saying that Sharks football Stadium has been the traditional host of the AITEO Cup finals.
ASP Ghomorsi said this in a telephone interview with Tidesports shortly after the Rivers State Football Association, (RSFA), announced the shift of venue to Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium last week.
According to him, the shift of venue will adversely affect fans of his team, especially, in terms of transporting themselves to attend the match.
“We are not happy over the change of the venue because our fans may not be there to cheer their team to victory.
This is not fair with us because it is not going to be easy for our supporters and fans” ASP Ghomorai said.
He appealled to the leadership of the State FA to rescind their decision, noting that though football could be played on any pitch, the spectators should be considered first.
“We are going to play the game but I am appealing because we want a situation where we will have more people to watch the game”
The final match of this year’s Rivers state AITEO Cup will take place on Wednesday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium between Rivers United FC and Police Crime Busters FC by 3pm.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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NPFL: Rivers United Receive Commendations Over Title Win

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Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt have continued to receive commendations following their impressive performance this season and subsequent emergence as winners of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season with three matches left.
The latest came from Head coach of New Guner FC of Gokana Local Government Area, in Rivers State, Legbara Gentle, who said that it is a good thing that has happened to the State and football.
Gentle made the assertion in a telephone interview with Tidesports at the weekend.
According to him, if the Pride of Rivers State, as Rivers United are known, maintain their current form, they can win the CAF Champions League.
“If Rivers United FC can maintain their current form, they can even win the continental trophy next season.
As a coach I know it is not easy to win the NPFL title because competition is very high as every club wants to win the League” Gentle said.
He further commended the management team of the club led by Barrister Christopher Green and technical crew, for their efforts and commitment to achieve success.

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