The tournament, which is the brainchild of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Lagos Province 3, is part of its efforts to revive table tennis in Nigeria, with eight players made up of four male and four female representing each state at the national final scheduled for this month.
The grand finale will take place at the Redemption Camp, in Ogun State. According to the organisers, finalists are expected to arrive on Monday, 25 February for registration, while the competition will hold from 26 February to 2 March. Over N6m cash prize will be won at the championship.
For the Pastor-in-Charge of Lagos Province 3, Austin Ukaiwe, the motivating factor for the competition was the poor performance recorded at the London 2012 Olympics.
“Dissatisfied with the performance of Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos Province 3 is further encouraged to join forces with the Federal Government, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), individual and corporate organisations to discover talents that would bring honour to Nigeria,” he said.
A seminar will hold on Saturday, 2 March with the theme – “Maximizing the potentials of Nigerian Youth/Teenagers in table tennis, towards the 2016 Olympics Games. The roles of the Private Sector.”