Deaf Table-Tennis players assure Nigerians of medals at Deaflympics

The players say they have been training hard to bring home trophies.

Some of the Nigeria’s deaf table-tennis players, who have qualified to represent the country at the forthcoming Deaflympics in Bulgaria, promised to win medals at the Games.

They said in Lagos on Saturday, in separate interviews, that they will strive to do the nation proud at the Deaflympic Games.

The Deaflympic Games are scheduled to hold from July 24 to August 4 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Nigeria will feature in three events: Football, Athletics and Table-Tennis.

The country’s number one ranked player, Ismaila Aderemi, said that he would do his best at the games as he had been training well with the help of his coach.

“I am sure that I will perform well. I know God will help me and I have been training well with the help of my coach.

“I train in the morning everyday and I know that with more training, I will not fail the country,” he said.

The number one ranked female player, Munira Tokosi, said she would apply all her skills to subdue her opponents at the Games.

Tokosi expressed optimism that the table-tennis team is capable of winning medals at the event.

“I know that we can do it and make our country proud. All that we need is support, we should not be under-estimated,” she said.

Another player, John Ezekwelu, also expressed the belief that the team would emerge victorious, and urged Nigerians to pray for them.

“We need our fellow countrymen to pray for our victory. We will try our best but prayers are also essential.

“This is our opportunity to prove that deaf players are capable of doing the country proud at international competitions,” he added.

Adetayo Odupitan, Ismaila Adeniran and John Ezekwelu qualified in the men’s category.

While Idayat Jimoh, Munira Tokosi and Ganiyat Animashaun qualified in the female category at trials conducted from June 6 to 7 at the Knock-Up Hall, National Stadium, Lagos.

The Technical Director of the Nigeria Deaf Table Tennis Association, Mukaila Olaoye, said that the Nigeria Deaf Table-Tennis Association, NDTTA, had to move the trials date to June 6 and June 7 because the initial date proposed was considered to be rather far.

“We actually said June 20 will be the date for the new trials, to select a number that the ministry can sponsor.

“But we were told that June 20 was not appropriate because it will clash with our visa appointment. We had to move the date forward.

“Now we have the number that the ministry can sponsor, I think we have done our part. We will leave everything to God,” he added.

(NAN)


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