The G20 Table Tennis Club of Ondo and Abuja State were crowned winners in the 2021 Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Championships, which was staged in the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
G20 and Ondo have won the N200,000 star reward for team champions as a result of their triumph. Fatima Bello, the National Sports Festival winner, led the G20 women to win against Lagos State in the women’s final, while Azeez Solanke led the G20 men to win against Ondo.
Ondo were down 2-0 in the singles when Azeez Solanke and Ahmed Bello upset Amadi Omeh and Taiwo Mati 3-2 apiece, but their doubles partner Wale Fagbamila and Mati regained the match for Ondo with a decisive 3-2 win against Solanke and Bello in the doubles match.
Mati resumed his hot streak with a tense tie against Solanke, with the Ondo number one winning 3-2 to level the match at 2-2 major.
Bello assisted the victory in the decisive match between Amadi, winning 3-2 to give Ondo a 3-2 overall triumph.
Meanwhile, matches in the singles category begin on day three of the competition on Thursday, May 20.
The singles group matches were completed on Wednesday, May 19, and the elimination round of the singles, as well as the men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles events, will take center stage.
The event is conducted by the Nigerian Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) in partnership with the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC).
The overall prize money for the 2021 Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Championships is valued over N4.5 million, with the competition slated to end on Saturday, May 22.
The Tournament Director, Adesoji Tayo, noted in a press conference before the commencement of the tournament that the National Championships were organized to sustain the momentum that began with the 20th National Sports Festival and ended with the 14th Aso Cup, hosted in Abuja.