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South Africa, Egypt, 11 others for ITTF seminar, training in Lagos



ITTF Czech Open Olomouc 2019 – tuesday.

Top table tennis officials from South Africa, Egypt, Burundi, Ghana, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Lesotho, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Malawi, Eritrea, and host- Nigeria have been confirmed for the ITTF-organised seminar for competition managers as well as training for umpires as part of the programmes lined up for this year’s Africa Cup.

The seminar cum training takes place from May 22 to 24 with the competition manager while the umpires’ training and examination will hold from May 25 to 28 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

The seminar will be handled by ITTF Competition Services Manager Mohamed El-Dawlatly and it will be jointly organized by ITTF High Performance & Development and ITTF Africa as part of the 2022 Africa Development Program and hosted by the Nigerian Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) in Lagos. 

ITTF Vice President, Wahid Oshodi believes the seminar would help to update the knowledge of the officials in terms of management of tournaments within the continent.

“We are excited about this kind of opportunity to stage a seminar for competition managers in Africa. This is indeed a good development for us in Africa that our officials will be having access to the latest software in competition management as well as understand what it takes to manage an event.

“We hope Member Associations will send their officials for the training and the participants can replicate this in future events in the continent,” Oshodi said.


The participants must have appropriate internet skills as well as knowledge and experience of working with Microsoft Office applications, mainly Excel, but also Word and PowerPoint.

Participants will receive a participation certificate after the completion of the Seminar while there will be no formal examination featured during or after the seminar, however, participants will be evaluated by the expert and their proactive participation will also contribute to their final assessment.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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