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African Table Tennis Athletes Demand For Better In Africa

On the first day of competition, for over 20 minutes, players taking part in the 2017 Africa Cup decided to delay the championships due to the lack of improvement in their lots at continental level.

When the match was expected to kick off at 4pm, the players in group wanted to address the spectators about their situation. This led to a meeting between the players and officials of Africa Table Tennis Federation led by its President, Khaled El-Salhy.

Despite plea by the ATTF President, the players insisted that they cannot be swayed by empty promises made in the past by the continental body but demand immediate action in terms of various issues over the last few years and the seemingly limited care for the athletes.

Khaled El-Salhy promised to take action but the players insisted that they want immediate action before starting the competition. But it took the ITTF representative, Executive Vice President Dr. Alaa Meshref, who intervened with a promise to assist in activating the players’ demands.

Meshref also pleaded with the players to choose their representatives that will meet with ATTF officials for a meeting on all their demands while he assured that the prize money for the tournament would be increased immediately to ensure the players do not face similar problems like other athletes whom have also acted out.

The first meeting between the athletes and ATTF officials took place yesterday, with the following comments forming part of the statement from the athletes (represented by Sarah Hanffou, Quadri Aruna and Olufunke Oshonaike; on behalf of Segun Toriola)

Olufunke Oshonaike and Segun Toriola are amongst the most experienced players in Africa

We are delighted to know that a working group has been formed to assist in updating the ATTF Constitution, and that the athletes are part of this working group.

We are looking forward for a more professional organisation which treats players with respect.

We expect more transparency, with the following documents being made public – constitution, minutes of meetings and financial statements.

ITTF World Championships: Oshonaike to partner Cameroun’s Hanffou in doubles

African Women Champion, Olufunke Oshonaike, will be partnering Cameroun’s Sarah Hanffou in the doubles event of the 2017 ITTF World Championships holding in Dusseldorf, Germany.

According to the rules of ITTF, players from different countries are allowed to pair themselves in the doubles and mixed double events of the global tournament.

Having partnered at the 2015 edition of the championship in Suzhou, China, the duo will again be re-igniting their friendship on table in the German city of Dusseldorf on May 29 to June 5.

For Sarah Hanffou, the 2010 African Women Champion, pairing Oshonaike has been a fulfilling decision in her career particularly considering the experience and pedigree of the Nigerian star.

Olufunke Oshonaike

“Oshonaike have been my good friends and we understand ourselves. It did not take me time to decide to choose her because she is among the best in the world, considering her record as the most successful female table tennis player in Africa having won more laurels than any player. She is a social and very respectful. I look forward to a good outing in Germany,” Hanffou said.

Oshonaike is eagerly looking forward to the tournament with the hope of exceeding her 2015 first round exit in the singles.

From Cameroun to Nigeria, Sarah Hanffou lifts table tennis in Lagos

Sarah Hanffou is not only competing at the 2016 ITTF Premier Lotto Nigeria Open, she is giving back to the society through her NGO, Pings Sans Frontières when she donated some equipment to the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF).

Sarah Hanffou lifts table tennis in Lagos,
Sarah Hanffou lifts table tennis in Lagos,

At the colourful but short event held at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun, an elated Sarah Hanffou told the fans at the venue that she decided to give back to the society in order to help promote and develop the game. “This is part of the mission of my NGO to support table tennis in Africa and Nigeria being one of the important table tennis playing nations in Africa I feel I should support more growth of the sport. This is my first time in Nigeria and for me I think I have not been disappointed with the abundance of talents that the players possess. Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike have decided to be our ambassadors and it is important for me to support the young ones in Nigeria.”

L-R Morenike Oshinaike, Segun Toriola, Sarah Hanffou and Enitan Oshodi
L-R Morenike Oshinaike, Segun Toriola, Sarah Hanffou and Enitan Oshodi

“We hope that through Toriola and Oshonaike the vision of our NGO can be promoted in Nigeria with more young people embracing table tennis because it is a wonderful tool of education and conveys values that I deeply believe in. I hope these young players will have an opportunity to enjoy themselves through table tennis,” she said.

In his remarks, President of NTTF, Wahid Enitan Oshodi commended Sarah Hanffou for setting up such an organisation to help popularise the sport in Africa. “I know Sarah Hanffou is a great ambassador of Africa and for us in Nigeria her NGO is the best thing to have happened to the continent and we hope it can be taken across the continent. On behalf of the board of NTTF, I want to thank her for considering Nigeria and I hope our top players can use their wealth of experience to support the NGO in realising its vision.”