It was a tale of mixed fortunes for Nigeria as the 2012 World Table Tennis Championships served off in Dortmund, Germany on Sunday.
While the country’s male team were simply outstanding as they thrashed Norway by 3-0, it was not the same story for the ladies who fell by the same margin to their Italian opponent.
The male team are competing in Group E alongside Romania, Indian, Canada, Finland and Norway, while their female compatriots are also in Group E with likes of Italy, England, Israel and Estonia.
Having started so badly, the Nigerian ladies will be seeking redemption as they play Estonia on Monday while the male team will be keen to continue in their winning form when they take on India who incidentally won their first match too.
On parade for the Nigerian male team are Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Segun Toriola, Haruna Quadri, Abiodun Bode, Seun Ajetunmobi and Lukmon Ojo, while players flying Nigeria’s colours in the female category are: Olufunke Oshonaike, Offiong Edem, Cecilia Otu- Akpan, Janet Effiom and Halima Hussein.
Over 600 players drawn from 120 countries are on duty at the 8-day tournament.
They will try to outdo each other in the competition, which also serves as the team event qualification for the 2012 London Olympic Games.