If you are one of those dreaming about your child becoming a Cristiano Ronaldo or Serena Williams, you need to wake up and start to save up money.

Raising kids to become professional sportsmen and women is not cheap and so is the development of sports

Bose Kaffo is a Nigerian professional table tennis player who competed at five Olympics from 1992 to 2008. She is the second Nigerian woman to compete at five Olympics, after sprinter Mary Onyali..

Nigerian table tennis legend, Bose Kaffo is not one to mince words when it comes to her passion to see the game she loves become greater in Nigeria.

Football has remained the king of sports in Nigeria and many people attribute this to how cheap it is to play, unlike games like table tennis that require several special equipment.

Bose Kaffo is tired of this as an excuse for other sports not growing. “Sport is not cheap. Nothing goes for nothing,” she fumed, wondering why no one sees the smart investment in it.

“For table tennis, you buy a table that will last you ten years. Then you gather these children at eight years, and by the time they are 16 years they still have more time to use the table.

“I have a racket that I have been using since 2014 and I can still beat anyone I feel I can beat.”

The question now is how many parents are willing to invest in the long term, regardless of cost?

“Parents, when you invest in the best, you will fill the minds of your children with the best,” she added.

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The five-time Olympian was a special guest at the official unveiling of the Funke Treasure Table Tennis Championship (F3TC) for school girls in Ibadan on Friday, August 31.

Ms Kaffo will be working with veteran broadcast journalist, Funke Treasure to mentor a new generation of female stars from primary and secondary schools across the ancient city.

Also present at the event was another table tennis legend and Ibadan son, Waidi Ekun, who expressed joy at the #F3TC idea.

He rued the nonexistence of such developmental programmes while he was growing up in the game; perhaps their generation would have been more successful.

The championship holds from Tuesday, September 18 to Friday 21, 2018 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.

Winners shall emerge at the #F3TC in different age categories with a tennis table, trophies, cash prizes and several other gifts to be won.

It is the dream of the organisers that talents that emerge from this championship shall be good enough to represent Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in four years’ time.

Bose Kaffo is a Nigerian professional table tennis player who competed at five Olympics from 1992 to 2008. She is the second Nigerian woman to compete at five Olympics, after sprinter Mary Onyali.

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