International table tennis – OTTF http://ottf.org/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 02:36:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ottf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T010803.862-150x150.png International table tennis – OTTF http://ottf.org/ 32 32 Brazilian Olympic Committee President Thanks Japanese Olympic Hosts https://ottf.org/brazilian-olympic-committee-president-thanks-japanese-olympic-hosts/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:50:06 +0000 https://ottf.org/brazilian-olympic-committee-president-thanks-japanese-olympic-hosts/ You viewed more than 50 articles in the last 12 months. Keep Olympic News Free Support insidethegames.biz for just £10 For nearly 15 years now, insidethegames.biz has been at the forefront of fearlessly reporting on what is happening in the Olympic Movement. As the first website not to be placed behind a paywall, we have […]]]>

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Gateway Wins International Schools Football Title https://ottf.org/gateway-wins-international-schools-football-title/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 19:30:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/gateway-wins-international-schools-football-title/ Gateway College, Colombo became champions of the 2022 International Under-20 Inter-School Football Tournament by beating Alethea International School 5-1 in the final encounter played at the Gateway Grounds in Ratmalana. The unbeaten Gateway side continued their outstanding form in this tournament and took a 2-1 half-time lead before adding three more goals to their tally […]]]>

Gateway College, Colombo became champions of the 2022 International Under-20 Inter-School Football Tournament by beating Alethea International School 5-1 in the final encounter played at the Gateway Grounds in Ratmalana.

The unbeaten Gateway side continued their outstanding form in this tournament and took a 2-1 half-time lead before adding three more goals to their tally to claim a resounding victory at the end.

Even then, it was Alethea who drew the first blood as they completely surprised their fanciest opponents with a superb basket within the first five minutes of the game.

However, Gateway set up beautifully and produced the equalizer almost immediately with an excellent long-range kick that completely mesmerized Alethea’s goalkeeper.

Afterwards, Gateway took the game under control and went ahead shortly before halftime before dominating the entire second half with a strong all-around performance.

Gateway, of course, completely dominated this tournament and ended up scoring 39 goals and conceding only two to their opponents.

They started their campaign with a massive 17-0 win over Asian International School and edged out Elizabeth Moir International School 5-1 in their second outing.

Gateway got the better of Lyceum, Wattala 4-1 in the quarter-finals and they then beat the Royal Institute 8-0 in the semi-finals.

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FITEQ is preparing to send a delegation to the 2022 host city in Glasgow https://ottf.org/fiteq-is-preparing-to-send-a-delegation-to-the-2022-host-city-in-glasgow/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 22:28:57 +0000 https://ottf.org/fiteq-is-preparing-to-send-a-delegation-to-the-2022-host-city-in-glasgow/ You viewed more than 50 articles in the last 12 months. Keep Olympic News Free Support insidethegames.biz for just £10 For nearly 15 years now, insidethegames.biz has been at the forefront of fearlessly reporting on what is happening in the Olympic Movement. As the first website not to be placed behind a paywall, we have […]]]>

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China’s recovery from COVID-19 proves to be a marathon, not a sprint https://ottf.org/chinas-recovery-from-covid-19-proves-to-be-a-marathon-not-a-sprint/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 10:16:55 +0000 https://ottf.org/chinas-recovery-from-covid-19-proves-to-be-a-marathon-not-a-sprint/ You viewed more than 50 articles in the last 12 months. Keep Olympic News Free Support insidethegames.biz for just £10 For nearly 15 years now, insidethegames.biz has been at the forefront of fearlessly reporting on what is happening in the Olympic Movement. As the first website not to be placed behind a paywall, we have […]]]>

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Digital solutions to conquer table tennis https://ottf.org/digital-solutions-to-conquer-table-tennis/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 16:04:29 +0000 https://ottf.org/digital-solutions-to-conquer-table-tennis/ We presented the ITTF Online Services in 2021 under the new ITTF participation program. The innovative program is currently underway for the 2022 season and offers partnerships with Pingprofy, Stupa Analytics and TT Street. pingprofy is a web-based communication platform where MAs can chat remotely with ITTF experts. In addition to the eight initial services […]]]>

We presented the ITTF Online Services in 2021 under the new ITTF participation program. The innovative program is currently underway for the 2022 season and offers partnerships with Pingprofy, Stupa Analytics and TT Street.

pingprofy is a web-based communication platform where MAs can chat remotely with ITTF experts. In addition to the eight initial services offered in 2021, the current menu offers three additional new services for the 2022 participation program: Talent identification, Good governance and gender balance in table tennis. This offers MAs a variety of eleven services to choose from depending on their needs. The inaugural program was well received by MAs eligible for this incentive in 2022 and we have had positive feedback over the 6 month implementation period:

“I have learned a lot from the OS 2021-2024 Programs and Guidelines Department and will use the knowledge gained to improve the current table tennis programs in Zimbabwe. I wish to encourage other MAs around the world to use these ITTF initiatives as they have proven beneficial to our sport. Tinashe Duri – General Secretary of AM Zimbabwe.

“We appreciated the online services and we appreciated the time the ITTF experts took to support us through the participation program this year. The practical approach was useful because it showed us how to organize our activities according to the expected results (in reference to the creation of national development plans). This motivates us to work for the development of table tennis in the Cayman Islands and to work hard to change and improve our position in the region. Mr. Robert E. Sairsingh, MA President of the Cayman Islands.

Beyond online services, Pingprofy offers MAs the opportunity to schedule and meet internationally renowned table tennis coaches and athletes such as Werner Schlager, He Zhi Wen (Juanito) and Aruna Quadri, where they can book individual sessions. for training and advice.

Another partnership forged by the ITTF embracing the advancement of technology was Stupa Sports Analytics. The company offers a wide variety of products, including performance analytics, event management, broadcast and social media. Special use Stupa Lite and Stupa Pro packages of artificial intelligence technology, coaches can analyze an athlete’s game performance. With the stupa events package, organizers can manage any event digitally and stream the match action online to promote the organization on a massive level.

Under the Participation Programme, the stupa packages are currently offered to MAs to register and take advantage of the many benefits that come with improving their athlete’s performance as well as successfully organizing events.

With Sport for All at the heart of the ITTF’s mandate, we have found a compatible partner with Street TT and launched the cooperation under the 2022 participation program. TT Street is an application that connects players around the world where they compete in street championships. The app allows players to search for a public table near them and meet other players at table tennis events. Players can submit results of matches played and will be ranked within their community, region or continent depending on the app.

We believe there are many ways to grow table tennis, including digital opportunities, and invite our MAs to take advantage of the packages offered through the ITTF Participation Program.

See more details here: https://www.ittf.com/hpd/programmes/participation-program-member-associations/

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Chinese paddler Wang rises to third in world career rankings – Xinhua https://ottf.org/chinese-paddler-wang-rises-to-third-in-world-career-rankings-xinhua/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 14:50:16 +0000 https://ottf.org/chinese-paddler-wang-rises-to-third-in-world-career-rankings-xinhua/ China’s Wang Chuqin celebrates his goal during the men’s singles final match against Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto at the WTT Cup final in Xinxiang, central China’s Henan Province, Oct. 30, 2022. (Photo by Gao Zhiyong/Xinhua) Back-to-back WTT winner Wang Chuqin moved up to a career-high third place in the ITTF World Rankings. BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) […]]]>

China’s Wang Chuqin celebrates his goal during the men’s singles final match against Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto at the WTT Cup final in Xinxiang, central China’s Henan Province, Oct. 30, 2022. (Photo by Gao Zhiyong/Xinhua)

Back-to-back WTT winner Wang Chuqin moved up to a career-high third place in the ITTF World Rankings.

BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) — China’s Wang Chuqin climbed to a career-best third place as the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) released its latest world ranking on Tuesday.

In October, Wang won the men’s singles title at World Table Tennis (WTT) Champions Macau before continuing his winning run at the WTT Xinxiang Cup Finals, which saw him climb four places. in the standings to reach a new career high. No. 3 in the world.

Chinese duo Fan Zhendong and Ma Long retain their top two spots in the world rankings.

Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, runner-up in the WTT Cup final, climbs one place to fourth, followed by Truls Moregard (Sweden), Liang Jingkun (China), Hugo Calderano (Brazil), Lin Yun-Ju (Chinese Taipei), Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany) and Darko Jorgic (Slovenia) in the men’s top 10.

Sun Yingsha of China celebrates scoring in the women’s singles final match against teammate Chen Meng in the WTT Cup Final. (Photo by Gao Zhiyong/Xinhua)

On the women’s side, Sun Yingsha, who also won back-to-back champions in Macau and Xinxiang, remains the women’s world No. 1 with 8,270 points, celebrating 200 weeks in the top 20 in the world. With her lead extended at the top of the ladder, Sun is also on course to be the year-end world No. 1 for the first time in her career.

Sun Chen Meng’s compatriots Wang Manyu and Wang Yidi placed second, third and fourth respectively. The other top 10 paddlers are Mima Ito (Japan), Hina Hayata (Japan), Chen Xingtong (China), Kasumi Ishikawa (Japan), Doo Hoi Kem (Hong Kong, China) and Han Ying (Germany).

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China-Australia relations could benefit from a diplomatic boost at ping-pong https://ottf.org/china-australia-relations-could-benefit-from-a-diplomatic-boost-at-ping-pong/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/china-australia-relations-could-benefit-from-a-diplomatic-boost-at-ping-pong/ The Australians’ close relationship with former champion Liu Guoliang, one of China’s most revered athletes and president of the Chinese Table Tennis Association and vice-president of the ITTF, has been key in getting the ball rolling again . This is an important step for Dainton and his team – chief executive Matt Pound, of Lismore, […]]]>

The Australians’ close relationship with former champion Liu Guoliang, one of China’s most revered athletes and president of the Chinese Table Tennis Association and vice-president of the ITTF, has been key in getting the ball rolling again .

This is an important step for Dainton and his team – chief executive Matt Pound, of Lismore, chief strategy officer Stephen Duckitt, of Sydney, and chief financial officer Michael Brown, of Bendigo – who have big ambitions to realize the potential of a game on a global scale. recreational appeal.

The Aussies behind World Table Tennis have been focused on building it as an entertainment product.Credit:World Table Tennis/Rémy Gros

They developed world table tennis as the professional arm of the sport, redesigning its international calendar, increasing prize money and creating its own version of tennis’ flagship grand slams – the grand smashes – the first of which was 2 million dollars this year ($3.08 million). ) Singapore Smash.

They have also borrowed from Twenty20 cricket with musicians, dancers and bright lights adding to the entertainment product as they tour professionally across Europe, the United States, South America, Africa and Asia, including including new markets such as India.

“We basically try to take [table tennis] out of the basement and into the light,” said Dainton, who has led the ITTF since 2017 but has been on the sport’s governing body for 17 years.

“Everybody loves to play table tennis, but turning that into a show…it’s a completely different thing. Everyone who now comes to these world table tennis events is like, “Is this really table tennis?”

American table tennis player Glenn Cowan welcomes Chinese champion Zhuang Zedong to the United States in 1972, a year after the

American table tennis player Glenn Cowan welcomes Chinese champion Zhuang Zedong to the United States in 1972, a year after the “ping pong diplomacy” trip.Credit:PA

As they look to expand the game’s footprint and make it mainstream, China is key to their plans.

It remains the cornerstone of table tennis, which its players have dominated, and Dainton and co are eager to build on the sport’s rich history by forging ties with the world’s most populous nation.

The foundation of official ties between Communist China and the United States being established in the midst of the Cold War was laid with a groundbreaking tour in April 1971 by a delegation of American table tennis players and officials, who were invited by Beijing while playing in that year’s world championships in Japan.

Two months later, Henry Kissinger, national security adviser to then US President Richard Nixon, made a secret trip there, and the following February Nixon himself became the first occupant of the White House to travel to mainland China, where he met the leader of the Chinese Communist Party. Mao Zedong.

Australian table tennis team members Noel Shorter, Stephen Knapp, John Jackson and Ann McMahon arrive in Hong Kong in May 1971 after a two-week visit to China.

Australian table tennis team members Noel Shorter, Stephen Knapp, John Jackson and Ann McMahon arrive in Hong Kong in May 1971 after a two-week visit to China. Credit:UPI Radiophoto

Australian team members also spent two weeks in China following those world titles in Japan, a trip that was followed soon after by Gough Whitlam’s historic visit as Leader of the Opposition and ultimately training of diplomatic relations between Australia and China in 1972.

Half a century later, sports leaders see it as a device that can bring people together again.

“The advantage that table tennis brings to the world is our connection to China,” said Duckitt, who previously worked with the ATP and WTA tennis tours.

“You are going to bring the Chinese ambassador or the consulate officials or the Chinese diaspora living in those cities to your events and connect and they are very proud of this sport, being the national sport of China.

Romania's Bernadette Szocs competes in the World Table Tennis event in Macau.

Romania’s Bernadette Szocs competes in the World Table Tennis event in Macau.Credit:World Table Tennis/Rémy Gros

“From a business and city relationship, and from this concept of ping-pong diplomacy, we are providing an opportunity for many countries that may be struggling to come together to bridge political divides with the China through table tennis.”

The pandemic has complicated their efforts but in 2023 they have 90 events scheduled across five continents.

By the end of the year, they hope to finalize and announce a tour leg in Australia as well.

“We’re confident we can unlock a big event in Australia…to put the Australian brand on the WTT calendar as well,” said Pound, who came to modern pentathlon table tennis headquartered in Monaco.

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“Even though we are proud of our connection with China and our connection with Asia, and we want to foster this relationship to grow even more, we really want to show the world that table tennis is a world sport.”

So, could ping-pong help, in some way, to thaw the frosty relations between Canberra and Beijing?

“It’s not such a crazy idea,” Dainton said. “Sport is a tool for soft diplomacy. Why shouldn’t we take advantage of it?

“You have a few Aussies here who have been able to get inside and build those relationships. [Table tennis] can help other countries learn more about China and understand it better. I think it can be a great opportunity. »

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Bhavina Patel’s only mission is to win a gold medal at the Paris Olympics – KreedOn Candids https://ottf.org/bhavina-patels-only-mission-is-to-win-a-gold-medal-at-the-paris-olympics-kreedon-candids/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 09:58:50 +0000 https://ottf.org/bhavina-patels-only-mission-is-to-win-a-gold-medal-at-the-paris-olympics-kreedon-candids/ Bhavina Patel: the introduction Bhavina Hasmukh Patel is one of the most accomplished Parasports personalities in India. She became the 1st Indian Table tennis player who won a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. In this event, Bhavina stunned world No. 5 Borislava Peric Rankovic of Serbia in the Class 4 Women’s Singles Quarterfinals […]]]>

Bhavina Patel: the introduction

Bhavina Hasmukh Patel is one of the most accomplished Parasports personalities in India. She became the 1st Indian Table tennis player who won a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. In this event, Bhavina stunned world No. 5 Borislava Peric Rankovic of Serbia in the Class 4 Women’s Singles Quarterfinals and won the desired silver. The 36-year-old paddler, who was diagnosed with polio aged just 12 months, took up the sport of table tennis on the advice of her childhood friend.

Bhavina Patel has so far participated in around 30 international competitions and won six gold medals, 15 silver medals and eight bronze medals. His last treasured achievement was the coveted gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year.

The joy of success in Birmingham

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Bhavina, who won the gold medal in Birmingham, said it was also one of her dreams to win a first gold medal at such a prestigious championship as the Commonwealth Games. Speaking on the phone from his residence in Ahmedabad, Bhavina said:

“It was my first Commonwealth Games medal. So I was overjoyed after winning, but paddlers all over the world can’t compete in the Commonwealth Games, so I didn’t have to face stronger opponents.

Bhavina Patel: Preparation for Paris 2024

Bhavina, who won a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, focused on winning the gold medal she dreams of. She explained,

“I want to win the gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024. This is why all these international championships in which I participate, including the Commonwealth Games, are my preparatory tournaments for the 2024 Olympics. The world championship is approaching. I’m leaving on the 3rd of next month. While waiting for the Olympic Games, these tournaments will be my preparatory matches.

Additionally, Bhavina plans to take exhibition trips to train and play in competitive matches against top paddlers after the World Championship. She says,

“I am already included in the Target Olympics Podium (TOP) program. So I plan to hone my skills and experience through training and more importantly playing against stronger players. This will help me a lot before the Olympics.

Childhood friend and table tennis

Bhavina initially lived in a village called Mehsana, quite far from Ahmedabad. His father Hasmukh Patel runs a small cutlery business in the village. Bhavina, who was forced to continue her life sitting in a wheelchair from the age of just one year, was initially faced with a dilemma of choosing table tennis. But one of her childhood friends used to play the game and after becoming a para table tennis player, Bhavina got some advice from her on whether she would be his sparring partner on set, and Bhavina’s life with the sport of table tennis began.

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The specials are still waiting for the safety net https://ottf.org/the-specials-are-still-waiting-for-the-safety-net/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 21:36:53 +0000 https://ottf.org/the-specials-are-still-waiting-for-the-safety-net/ After outstanding outings on the international circuit, the Pabna special athletes wish to shine at the next Special Olympics World Summer Games in Germany in 2023. Despite their international success, however, the appropriate measures to bring them to a traditional sports structure n have not yet been executed. In Bangladesh and elsewhere, children with special […]]]>

After outstanding outings on the international circuit, the Pabna special athletes wish to shine at the next Special Olympics World Summer Games in Germany in 2023. Despite their international success, however, the appropriate measures to bring them to a traditional sports structure n have not yet been executed.

In Bangladesh and elsewhere, children with special needs face enormous challenges while struggling against social constraints, but sport seems to have become an outlet through which these individuals can express themselves and discover many hidden talents, often neglected, in the process.

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Sadia Khan Shetu, who won a gold medal in floor hockey at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, was born as a special child with an intellectual disability. As a result, she was not treated well in her family from an early age.

The plight of his mother, Aleya, had worsened after the birth of another special child, this time a boy, who was also deaf and could not speak. To further add to her miseries, her husband left the family and remarried.

Despite the difficulties and challenges of raising special children, Aleya is now proud of her daughter, Shetu, who won another medal at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in the United Arab Emirates.

Shetu is now honing his basketball skills for the upcoming tournament in Germany and has inspired his brother, who is testing his craft in handball, to join as well.

Aleya said: “My children are special children, who have never received love or support, but they have divine sports qualities.

“Their glorious performances have now brought happiness in the family as well as in society.”

Mohirunnesa Begum, the mother of Chadni Khatun who won gold in a basketball tournament in the United Arab Emirates, said her daughter is now aiming to give birth in Germany.

“As the mother of a special child, I have often been criticized. My daughter, often neglected in her family and in society, now brings the light of hope to my poor family.” Mohirunnesa said, adding that no special child should be overlooked.

29 special children with Down syndrome and mental disabilities are currently preparing for the mission in Germany by camping in Pabna under the supervision of the Special Olympics organization in the district.

Rejaul Hossain Badsha, Director of Bangladesh Special Olympics and General Secretary of Special Olympics Pabna Sub-Chapter, spoke to the Daily Star about the preparations of the special players.

“We started training camps earlier this year at Pabna Stadium, involving 40 children from two schools for special children. We then shortlisted 29 special players, including 14 gold medalists for the upcoming World Games. summer in 2023.” Badsha told the Daily Star, as he addressed the challenge behind running year-round camps – providing sports facilities and nutrition, among other things – due to financial constraints.

“We are struggling to continue boot camps with local funding. We need government support so we can expand our program to bring more special children into the facility,” Badsha added.

Looking back, the Pabna sub-chapter of Special Olympics Bangladesh started its journey in 2010. Since then, the district’s special players have won 14 gold medals, six silver medals and three bronze medals in the Olympic Games. Pacific (2013), Special Olympics World Games (2015), World Winter Games (2017) and World Summer Games (2019).

Most of these special players come from low-income families, who cannot afford private schools let alone meet the sporting needs of their children. But the success that these special athletes have brought gives them the conviction to improve their lives.

Konok Khatun, a handball player, told the Daily Star: “Due to our physical disabilities, we have no hope in life. I have found my dream. I want to establish myself as a handball player in country’s success.

Meanwhile, swimming champion Zuthi Akter, who is preparing for another triumph in Germany, has expressed concerns about her family’s ability to support her.

“I love swimming, I want to continue my swimming career but my family doesn’t have enough capacity,” Zuthi said using sign language.

Zuthi and most special athletes have a desire to pursue their sports careers but they want to do it professionally. However, these players do not have centralized means of income. The only means of financial gain they have achieved so far was courtesy of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who presented them with cash prizes at the end of the tournaments.

In the end, despite the medals and accolades won for the country, it is quite unfortunate that these special players have yet to find the financial safety net when Bangladesh still holds the undesirable record of being the most most populous to have never won an Olympic medal. .

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The National Stadium will soon sport a new look https://ottf.org/the-national-stadium-will-soon-sport-a-new-look/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 00:19:36 +0000 https://ottf.org/the-national-stadium-will-soon-sport-a-new-look/ The national stadium, Surulere, will soon sport a new look, as the federal government’s bid to restore the building to its former glory has received a major boost with the start of laying its tartan tracks.One of the stadium rehabilitation contractors, Kyle Next, has confirmed that laying of the tracks has begun and could be […]]]>

The national stadium, Surulere, will soon sport a new look, as the federal government’s bid to restore the building to its former glory has received a major boost with the start of laying its tartan tracks.
One of the stadium rehabilitation contractors, Kyle Next, has confirmed that laying of the tracks has begun and could be finalized in four weeks with the newly installed facility in place.
Sports facilities installation and management company, Ideal Sports’ Track Technical Specialist Joseph Ayinla revealed that the tracks would be laid in stages.
“The first stage which started last week is the elastic layer (e-layer) stage, which will be followed by the sealant stage to make the tracks impermeable to water and other fluids. The third stage will be the coating step.
“Once all of this has been done, a Certified World Athletics Track Marker will then carry out the markings. There will be a nine-lane running track and the jump strip, which is for long jumps and triple jumps,” Ayinla said.
The track technical specialist was part of the team that laid the stadium’s last tracks in 1998, 24 years ago, and has been involved in laying such facilities at other premier arenas around the country and beyond.
Already there has been the installation of a digital scoreboard and an overhaul of the stadium’s football pitch by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development and Sport under the public-private partnership arrangement (PPP) and the adoption of a grassroots initiative set up by the Minister for Sports, Sunday Dare.
Regarding the rehabilitation of the terraces, the Minister confirmed that progress is being made to find the necessary funds for the project.
“Our land adoption agreement with Premier Lotto for the Lagos National Stadium covers the pitch, tracks and scoreboard and it is on track. We are also progressing in the search for funds to repair the terraces. »
Meanwhile, the federal government last week began re-turfing the pitch at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (formerly known as Liberty Stadium) in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Another highlight of the Ministry of Sports’ sports infrastructure development campaign over the past three years has been the restoration of the playing field at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, after many years of neglect.

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