Table Tennis: ITTF lists Lagos Open in 2016 calendar


Taiwo Adelu
•One of the table-tennis players Aruna in action during a game of table-tennis
There are strong indications that the annual Lagos Open will hold this year, as International Table Tennis Federation, ITTF, Wednesday listed the championship among its series of competitions in 2016.
Lagos Open has been one of the nine sporting events in the calendar of activities of Lagos International Sports Classics, an innovation of former Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola-led government in Lagos State to expose the state athletes to international sporting arena as well as put to use world class sports facilities built with tax payers’ money in Lagos.
The Classics is also a pool of competitions designed to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Lagos State as one of the fast growing and fast advancing emerging mega cities of the world.
Since the government of Akinwunmi Ambode came on board, there has been apprehension among sports faithful in Lagos that the policy thrust of the present government may do away with some of the innovations of the immediate past government especially with the scrapping of the Ministry of Sports to give birth to the present Lagos State Sport Commission (LSSC) headed by a Chairman, Mr. Deji Tinubu, who also doubles as Special Adviser of Sports to the Governor of Lagos State.
However, when releasing its programme for the table tennis world tours on Wednesday, the ITTF confirmed the annual Lagos Open among the 20 World Tours listed for 2016. With the ongoing Hungarian Open kick-starting the 20 anniversary of the ITTF World Tour, the world table tennis ruling body confirmed Lagos Open to hold from 18-22 May at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.
As one of the challenge series, the Lagos Open is expected to attract players from Europe, Asia and Africa as the tournament serves as …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper