#BounceExclusive: 6-Year-Old Turning The Tables At Lagos Tennis Tourney
The Molade Okoya Thomas Hall in the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere is indeed a beehive of activities.
One of the longest running sporting events in the country is holding; the Asoju Oba Table Tennis championship which is in his 49th edition.
Amid the swamp of the 336 table tennis players jostling for honours is six-year old, Juwon Ogunsakin who is turning heads with his sterling displays.
Though he apprear to barely see the table on which he is playing, Juwon, which literally translates to mean 'Bigger than others', is living by his name as he is far ahead of his contemporaries.
It Runs In The Family
Barely seven months after choosing to follow the path of his elder sister Sidikatu to also play table tennis, Juwon gives room for so much optimism that he can conquer the world provided he is groomed properly.
“I am very happy to win my game but I was afraid of my opponent,” Juwon who is presently in Primary two told Bounce Sports after his conquest in the Round of 16 against his much older Indian opponent, Samyak Sharam who is aged 12.
Juwon said he started playing table tennis earlier this year at the Adura Table Tennis Hall in Sango-Ota.
“I developed interest playing table tennis, watching Azeez Solanke and other players who used to come to the hall to train at the weekends.
“I want to play like Solanke and other big stars in the nearest future,’’ he said.
Revealing how she lured her kid brother into the game, Sidikatu said he saw the interests in Juwon each time he followed her to training.
“I'm happy he won because if not he would have cried all through the day” Sidikatu told Bounce Sports.
“I just discovered that each time I am in training, he also tries to do the same thing others are doing, so I started teaching him bit by bit and my coach was also helpful, this is his first competition and he is doing very well, I am quite of proud of him”.
Juwon defeated 12-year-old Samyak Sharam of Indian Language School in Lagos 2-0, displaying good skills in his rallies and use of forehand and backhand.
Scouts and trainers are already predicting he could be next Aruna Quadri.
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