Journalists and media houses willing to cover the 2018 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge Nigeria Open tagged ‘Lagos 2018’ are expected to register for the Africa’s elite table tennis tournament holding on August 8 to 12, 2018,National Daily learnt.
Also the world table tennis ruling body has named Algeria’s Mounir Bessah and Boudjehm Abdallah as Competition Manager and Referee.
The $46,000 prize money five-day championship holds at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. To register, media practitioners are expected to access the form via https://bit.ly/2LX1Te3 while the deadline has been fixed for July 20.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) said that this year’s tournament would witness large turnout of players from Africa, Asia and Europe just as defending champions – Egypt’s Omar Assar and Dina Meshref have promised to come and defend their titles.
Six events have been listed by ITTF and they are singles (men and women); doubles (men and women) as well as U-21 boys and girls.
The deadline for registration of players in singles is on July 9 while for doubles is July 19, 2018 while 2016 champion – Olah Benedek of Finland has confirmed his return to Lagos this year. Also Nigeria’s super star – Aruna Quadri will be hoping to turn the tide this year after his unceremonious exit in round of 16 in 2017.