Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state presenting the giant cheque to victor, Aruna Quadri

Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode humorously suggest he could beat Africa’s best table-tennis player, Aruna Quadri.

Governor Ambode was present at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos as tournament top-seed, Quadri scooped the crown in the men’s singles category of the ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open 2018.

Hachard vs Quadri

Quadri defeated Frenchman, Antoine Hachard 4-2 (13-11, 3-11, 11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 7-11) in an enthralling final on Sunday.

Winner of the men’s singles event of the Nigeria Open 2018, Aruna Quadri

The success installs the world number 18 as the first Nigerian to win the men’s singles event of Africa’s elite table-tennis tournament.

Governor Ambode not sure if he can defeat Nigeria’s finest table-tennis player, Aruna Quadri

Governor Ambode while speaking to the press after Quadri’s victory jocularly says:

“I’m also a very good table-tennis player. ‘Morale dey’. You know I beat Funke (Oshonaike). I’m not sure whether I can beat Quadri too.”

Meanwhile, the sports-loving governor reaffirms the state government’s commitment to encouraging local talents.

“We would be providing the support, so that we can attract more people, and then, also encourage more Nigerians to participate. You know we’ve actually done a bonus for Nigerians that have qualified. And that’s also to encourage more of our own local players to compete.”

‘There is a masterplan to encourage sports in Lagos’ – Ambode

Furthermore, he continues:

“I tell you. The DG, Sports Commission is here. We have a masterplan programme to encourage sports in Lagos state.

The crowd that continually cheered Quadri to victory against Hachard

“You’d see as it is unfolding. You can see that we are reconstructing the Onikan Stadium. We are going to Ajegunle to do another Sports Complex there. And, I don’t want to over-promise. But I can tell you next year, we are going to do this (table) tennis tournament in a bigger hall that will take 16 sets at the same time. And maybe about 5,000 fans at the same time. We are not going to do it at Rowe Park, I promise you,” the Governor assures.

 

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