Omo­tayo un­fazed by pres­ence of top play­ers at ITTF Open

Daily Trust - - SPORT - From Risikat Ra­moni, La­gos

With the in­put from the fa­mous Aruna Quadri, Italy-based Nige­rian young­ster, Ola­jide Omo­tayo is grow­ing in con­fi­dence ahead of the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITTF) Nige­ria Open ‘La­gos 2017’ which serves off on Au­gust 9.

As an out­sider, Ola­jide Omo­tayo fought his way from the pre­lim­i­nary of the 2017 World Cham­pi­onships in Dus­sel­dorf to berth in the first round of the men’s sin­gles.

His per­for­mance against Ro­ma­nia’s Cris­tian Pletea showed the worth of the Nige­rian whose dis­play in re­cent time has given the West African na­tion some­thing to hope for in the game.

With reg­u­lar train­ing in La­gos in the last two months, cou­pled with in­put from Aruna Quadri, Ola­jide Omo­tayo is ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to the Nige­ria Open with a lot of op­ti­mism.

“I am in good form at present be­cause I have been train­ing very well af­ter the world cham­pi­onship. I have not missed my train­ing in the last two months while I in­creased my sched­ule with train­ing and pep talk from Aruna Quadri.

“Prior to this, I train every day apart from week­end with my dou­bles part­ner, Ojo Onao­lapo. All these have given me hope that I am go­ing to achieve some­thing from the Nige­ria Open this year,” he said.

De­spite the pres­ence of top stars, Ola­jide Omo­tayo how­ever, ac­knowl­edged the qual­i­ties of Li Ping, Aruna Quadri, Omar As­sar and Benedek Olah, but be­lieves he can sur­prise many in La­gos.

“I must re­spect the top four play­ers in this com­pe­ti­tion be­cause they are world class but in ta­ble ten­nis any­thing is pos­si­ble. So I am look­ing for­ward to qual­i­fy­ing from the pre­lim­i­nary to the main draw, which I be­lieve is pos­si­ble,” he said.

Nige­rian young ta­ble ten­nis sen­sa­tion, Ola­jide Omo­tayo in ac­tion dur­ing a match. He wants to spring sur­prises at this year's ITTF Nige­rian Open in La­gos.

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