ITTF: An­i­mashaun op­ti­mistic of good per­for­mance

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Promis­ing ta­ble ten­nis prodigy, Abay­omi An­i­mashaun yes­ter­day ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the train­ing pro­gramme he is cur­rently un­der­go­ing in Ljbul­jana, Slove­nia would aid his per­for­mance at the ITTF World Cadet Chal­lenge.

An­i­mashaun, 12, said in a tele­phone in­ter­view that the chal­lenge would hold from Oct. 23 to Nov. 1 in Cairo, Egypt.

The ju­nior player from Ek­iti said that the train­ing had con­tin­ued to im­prove his skills and strength since it started on Oct. 12.

NAN re­ports that An­i­mashaun at­tracted the at­ten­tion of fans at the 2015 In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITTF) World Tour held in Fe­bru­ary in Lagos.

The tour was held at the Mo­lade Okoy­aThomas In­door Sports Hall, Tes­lim Ba­lo­gun Sta­dium, Lagos, where An­i­mashaun posted an im­pres­sive per­for­mance in his first match.

An­i­mashaun was se­lected for the Slove­nia train­ing, hav­ing come first at the 2015 ITTF World Hopes Week and Chal­lenge held be­tween June and July in Shangai, China.

An­i­mashaun and an Egyp­tian qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent Africa at the tour­na­ment.

Four boys and four girls with two of the boys com­ing from Africa - Nige­ria and Egypt - would fea­ture at the ITTF World Cadet Chal­lenge in Egypt.

“My play­ing pat­tern has im­proved so well since the train­ing started. I keep learn­ing at each train­ing ses­sion and I am a bet­ter player now.

“With the train­ing, I am in good form and pre­pared to ex­cel at the com­pe­ti­tion. Yes, it will be a tough com­pe­ti­tion but I am fully pre­pared. I had been pre­par­ing be­fore leav­ing Nige­ria, I am per­fect­ing my train­ing now and also learn­ing some new things,” he said.

An­i­mashaun added that the train­ing ses­sion holds twice a day for two hours each.

“We have both the morn­ing and the af­ter­noon train­ing. Each day comes with a dif­fer­ent ap­proach of teach­ing and train­ing,” An­i­mashaun said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, what he is learn­ing is not just for the up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion, but for fu­ture pur­poses.

“I am pre­par­ing also for the fu­ture; this type of op­por­tu­nity is rare and I want to fully utilise it. It’s an op­por­tu­nity and I want to make good use of it,” he said. (NAN)

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