The much-anticipated 3rd Quadri Aruna National Table Tennis Open will today serve off at Eko Club in Lagos.
The five-day tournament is organised by Aruna Sports and Academy with support from Eko Club and Olusoga Odunayo Adesanya Foundation with Lagos State Table Tennis Association (LSTTA) providing the technical backing.
Already, teams from 10 states have arrived for the tournament as clubs and academies within and outside Lagos are working tirelessly to beat the deadline for registration as top players have expressed interest to be part of the championships as the absence of men’s singles defending champion Muiz Adegoke may throw up a new champion as Bose Odusanya is ready to reclaim the title she won in 2022.
For the coordinator of the tournament, Ganiat Aruna, the championship is aimed at unearthing new talents that would step into the shoes of top stars like Quadri Aruna.
“Our aim is to discover more talents by catching them at a younger age as well as to discover more talents like Quadri Aruna in the near future. We hope to help improve the physical fitness and health of children to maintain a healthy lifestyle through table tennis by preventing a range of health issues such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes in children as it has increased dramatically in recent years,” she added.
“We also want to develop valuable teamwork and leadership skills that can help foster a sense of camaraderie and mutual respect among team members as well as build critical skills such as problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution to prepare to lead in the society,” the former national junior champion said.
Specifically, she said: “Our aim is to take the kids off the street by giving them a meaningful life through sports. And above all, we want to keep encouraging them that their education is more important because education is the best legacy.”