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Sports News of Sunday, 24 September 2023


Nigeria wins African Para Championships

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Nigeria emerged champion of the 2023 ITTF African Para Championships which ended on Saturday in Giza, Egypt.

The three-day tournament had host Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, Mauritius, Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya and Ivory Coast competing in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.

Nigeria won 12 gold medals to dethrone Egypt as the new para table tennis champion in Africa. The Nigerians asserted themselves as the new heavyweights in the continent’s para table tennis by dominating the singles event to pick up most of the tickets to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

From the 14 tickets available for the Paralympic Games, Nigeria picked nine while Egypt settled for five in the singles events. However, the host team dominated the doubles and mixed doubles events with five gold medals while Nigeria picked two.

In the overall medals table, Nigeria picked 12 gold while Egypt won 10 to surrender their dominance to the West African nation.

President, African Table Tennis Federation, Khaled El-Salhy commended all the participating teams and described the tournament as a success, especially with the facilities and hospitality provided by the Egyptian Table Tennis Federation.

“I am so happy that we have an improvement in the participation this year, especially with the number of countries that featured in this year’s tournament. The players gave a good account of themselves; they showed their quality judging from the matches. I congratulate the ETTF and the government of Egypt for being good hosts and I hope our players will make the continent proud."