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World Table Tennis Day: A Model For Reviving The Sports In Nigeria

World Table Tennis Day: A model for reviving the Sports in Nigeria.

 

Every Sixth of April is World Table Tennis Day and for the first time the main event will take place in Africa in the city of Kampala, Uganda.

Table Tennis is not only a Sport of competition. It is a tool for positive social change, a healthy use of free time and a great opportunity to bring people of different ages, gender and religious background together.

An excellent tool for social inclusion.

This is one of the various reasons why the International Table Tennis Federation created the World Table Tennis Day on the sixth of April 2015 through ITTF Foundation.

This year will make it the fourth anniversary of this great innovation but the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, a member of the Africa Table Tennis Federation has never celebrated the World Table Tennis Day, if any, not in recent time.

No Initiative or Program is being reportedly slated for today.

The Sport in Nigeria has grown beyond bounds and boundaries, it has placed Nigeria on the global map and it is the home of Aruna Quadri – Africa number one player and the Greatest Africa Table Tennis player of all time at the Olympics and the home of one of Africa’s greatest female table tennis player, Bose Kaffo.

Other greats includes  Segun Toriola , Funke Oshonaike , Atanda Musa , Monday Merotohun, Kazeem Nosiru , to mention a few .

But in recent times there have being a decline in the development of the game in Nigeria, a fall that will soon usurp the legacy and the foundation laid, the more reasons why there is a need for the Federation to include April sixth on their calendar to celebrate the World Table Tennis Day in a way that will improve the Sport at the grassroots level.

The Celebration of World Table Tennis Day will be vital in reviving the game in the country with the five programs initiative of the ITTF Foundation.

TT DREAM BUILDING: WHICH SUPPORTS HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS USING TABLE TENNIS FOR POSITIVE SOCIAL OUTCOMES.

TT4ALL: TO MAKE TABLE TENNIS ACCESSIBLE TO A BROAD PUBLIC, FOCUSING ON MINORITY GROUPS; POPULAR, UNIVERSAL AND INCLUSIVE.

NETT WORKING: CONNECTING PEOPLE WISHING TO HELP WITH PEOPLE IN NEED.

TT LEGACY: LEAVING A POSITIVE SOCIAL LEGACY OF TABLE TENNIS EVENTS IN THE HOST LOCATIONS.

TT4HEALTH: DIVULGING THE HEALTHY BENEFITS OF TABLE TENNIS ON A SOCIAL, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL LEVEL.

The World Table Tennis Day is being celebrated by organizing activities, such as tournaments and exhibitions on the streets, clubs, bars, schools, workplaces, shopping centers and you can also us this medium to share your most memorable  table tennis moments using the #hastag

 

Mudashiru Shittu

Media Officer, LSTTA.

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