Table Tennis is arguably the best Sport in Nigeria for the year 2021, no sport has made more headlines positively since the beginning of the year.
From the National Sports Festival in Edo to the Aso Table Tennis National Championships in Abuja and the 2021 NTTF National Table Tennis Championships, which took place two weeks ago at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos – same venue will host the maiden edition of the RENEWED HOPE TOP 16 INVITATIONAL TABLE TENNIS CHALLENGE
The one-day invitational tournament will kick off on Friday, June 11 with draws by 3.00pm at the same Venue while the competition starts the next day, Saturday, June 12.
Although, only top 16 players, which their invitation is based strictly on their performances at the 2020 National Sports Festival (EDO 2020), 2021 ASO National Championships, Abuja and 2021 NTTF National Championships are invited, additional players may also be invited on wild cards basis as reserves in case some of the invited players do not turn up.
In addition, the Organizers have the right to disqualify a player if information supplied is found to be false and if they breach the Rules and Regulations of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation and the International Table Tennis Federation, particularly as regards fair play.
Moreso, the final decision on the entries and eligibility of players solely lies on the Tournament Referee, free accommodation will also be provided to all invited players at the Teslim Balogun Stadium Hotel.
The system of play is divided into three stages, in the first stage, in each event, the players shall be pooled into four groups with a round robin involving all the players in each group. All matches shall be best of five (5) games. Two players shall qualify from each group to the second stage.
The second stage shall involve the eight qualifiers from the first stage who shall be pooled into two groups in round robin matches with two qualifiers from each group. Matches shall still be best of 5 games. 3.
In the 3rd stage, the winner of group one shall play against the loser in group two, while the winner in group two shall play against the loser in group one in the Semi Finals. Matches in the Semi and Final shall be best of seven games.
A total event prize money of N1.2m is available with the same prize money for men and women’s singles .
Among the stars listed for the championships endorsed by NTTF include 2020 National Sports Festival Champion, Amadi Omeh of Ondo State as well as David Fayele of Lagos.
Also on the list of invited players is the 2021 World Table Tennis (WTT) Youth Star Contender silver medalist Usman Okanlawon as well as national cadet champions Samuel Boboye of Bayelsa and Hope Uduaka of Cross River.