With an appreciable improvement in quantity and quality, over 168 players from top table tennis playing nations beat the deadline of registration for the 2018 ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open scheduled for August 8 to 12 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.
Countries like China, England, Denmark, Norway, Thailand, Slovenia, Iran and Mauritius will all be making their debut at the Africa’s elite tournament which is also the second highest prize money tournament in the ITTF Challenge Series.
Just like 2017, Europe dominates the list of countries with 13 nations heading to Lagos and this include Norway, Russia, Scotland, Denmark, England, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Romania, France, Finland, Luxembourg and Netherlands will be gracing the $46,000 prize money tournament.
China leads the Asia countries, which include India, Iran and Thailand; South America has three led by Brazil while others are Colombia and Argentina.
Nigeria being one of the superpowers in Africa will lead the continent , while others are Mauritius, Congo Brazzaville, Congo DRC, Ghana, Egypt and South Africa.
The 2018 ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open will attract over 170 players, which is an improvement over the 2017 edition with 148 players.
Also, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the tournament has unveiled its official website for the biggest table tennis tournament in Africa.
Source: G Sport