Table Tennis: I chose Italy Over Nigeria- Oyebode


Stephen Adeniran

The Nigerian-born Italian table tennis player, John Oyebode, has revealed his decision to play for Italy which is to associate himself with the numerous opportunities available in the Italian table tennis circuit.

Information reaching our correspondent that Oyebode is representing Italy in the ongoing Seamaster ITTF  Nigeria Open Challenge, holding at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Oyebode, who claimed two gold medals in the Cadet event of the 2017 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Italian Junior and Cadet Open, disclosed that his decision was already yielding results.

“I believe that playing for Italy is the right choice for me and I don’t have any regrets about it so far. The system over there supports players in all areas and gives room for development in both sports and education.

“Also, there is regular sponsorship to go for training tours and participate in major international competitions to enhance players skills and welfare and many more benefits too numerous to mention,’’ the Oyebode said.

Oyebode, whose father, Michael was part of the Nigerian coaching crew to the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil, revealed that his aspiration is to be among the top 10 players in the world.

On the ongoing Challenge, the player said the event had been competitive so far due to the number of players and countries taking part.

Report reaching our correspondent that 95 male and 55 female players are participating in the 46,000 dollars prize money ITTF Challenge as the competition which began on August 9 will be concluded on August 13.

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