Nigeria's female tennis star, Olufunke Oshonaike, will organise a ten-day coaching clinic for young table tennis players in a bid to inspire and motivate them to fill the void to be left behind by the aging table tennis stars, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The clinic will hold from February 25 to March 5, 2017 at the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) Training Centre, National Stadium Lagos.
Oshonaike, a six-time Olympian, is regarded as Nigeria's most successful female table tennis player having won more medals than any other female player.
In a media release made available to Completesportsnigeria.com, the three-time All African Games finalist revealed her focus is on women.
Over 20 players made up of 11 girls and nine boys have been shortlisted by NTTF for the 10-day camping exercise.
"I love table tennis, and the sport has given me all what I need in life. Apart from the fame, I have made some fortune from the sport. All these were made possible because I was committed to the sport and this made it possible for me to achieve all what I needed," the 40 year old was quoted in the media release.
"Unfortunately, these days, the Nigerian players are frustrated because of lack of exposure and this has discouraged most of them. I am hopeful that the clinic will help to re-launch them back to the track and I want to use the opportunity to inspire and also help them with some equipment that will aid them in training.
"I really want to focus on the female players because we have not been producing top female players like before, and I hope that after telling them my story, they will be encouraged to aim high in the sport,” Oshonaike said.
"I believe when top players like us organize such programme for the young players, they can be inspired and motivated to take a cue from us. I am hoping to arrive in Lagos, Nigeria on February 24 for the clinic that will begin on February 25 to March 5 at the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) Training Centre of the Lagos National Stadium."
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