Vanguard (Lagos)

16 July 2012

Nigeria: Table Tennis Coach Says Players Training for Olympic Gold

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Nigerian shot putter and two-time Olympian Vivian Chukwuemeka.

Nasiru Bello,the National Coach, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), says his players are in top form at their training camp in Germany, where they are preparing for the London Olympics.

The country will be represented in the table tennis event of the Games by Funke Oshonaike, Offiong Edem, Segun Toriola and Aruna Quadri.Bello said in a telephone interview that the players were preparing seriously for the Games, adding that the training they were undergoing had helped them to improve on their proficiency.

"The players' are on course and our training tour to Germany has really added value to our preparations, which gives me the confidence that they will make the country proud.

"The environment has also made us to be focused as we have the opportunity of training with the necessary apparatus which enhances players' competence," he said.

Bello said the players had been in Germany since May as part of their preparations for the Games, adding "I am confident that they are training for Olympic gold".

The table tennis team will feature only in the single's event at the Olympics.

The London 2012 Olympic Games hold from July 27 to Aug. 12.

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