Commonwealth Games: Table Tennis Jinx Continues For Nigeria
The long time jinx that has been plaguing Nigeria as far as the female event in Table Tennis at the Commonwealth Games is conceremed is set to extend further.
The country's women have never won a medal at the Commonwealth Games and there will be no chance for a another try this year.
The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation has released the names of players that will represent the country at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast , Australia and no female player made the roster.
The names include seven-time Olympian and former Africa Champion, Segun Toriola, who is presently ranked 261 in the world and third in Nigeria.
Toriola made history as the first athlete to win Gold in 2002 when table tennis debuted at the Commonwealth games in the city of Manchester.
The other members of the team includes Monday Merotohun and Kazeem Nosiru.
Others on the list include Aruna Quadri and the 2016 National Champion and last year Asoju Oba Winner, Jamiu Azeez who is the only player on the list based in Nigeria, other foreign based players on the list include Abiodun Bod and Omotayo Olajide.
In the Para Table Tennis Division (PTTD), Netherland based Tope Ogunsanya (male) and Faith Bazuaye (female) will be flying the colours of Nigeria.
When asked about the exclusion of the female players from the forthcoming Commonwealth games, the coach of the National Team, Coach Nasiru Bello said the lean resources made available made it imperative that only realistic medal prospects were selected for the Gold Coast Games.