It’s still the third day of the tournament at the Indoor Sports Hall, Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan. The competition has been intense all day. This is the moment when some of the girls hit the red carpet with the Initiator to celebrate their win.
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The F3TC Coaching Clinic is the developmental part of the Championship, where participants learn the basic rules about the game of Table Tennis and are mentored on how to play the game. About fifteen National and State Table Tennis players were coaches to the girls, including celebrated former National player, Mama Sola Abiodun.
The exhibition was one of the major highlights at the F3Tc Opening Ceremony. It was preceded by the address of the F3TC’s Consultant Coach, Ms. Bose Kaffo. She talked about Table Tennis in Nigeria, the thrills and the gloom, the dominance of Egypt in Africa’s Table Tennis Championships and her experience as a young girl starting out early in the game of Table Tennis.
One of the focal points of the Funke Treasure Table Tennis Championship (F3TC) is the integration of empowerment sessions on finances, drug abuse & doping; reproductive health and confidence building. These sessions have been incorporated for the emotional, physical and psychological development of the participating girls.
Mr. Anthony Osae Brown, the Financial Editor, BusinessDay Newspaper was the first empowerment speaker at the F3TC. He spoke on financial literacy to 33 girls drawn from public schools and low income families in Ibadan, Oyo State.
It was a rainy morning in Ibadan, it poured almost endlessly leading to a delay of the opening ceremony. However, the participating schools arrived with their girls and registration commenced. The guests trickled in and soon the Indoor Sports Hall of the Adamasingba Stadium filled up with stakeholders in the Oyo State Sport Sector. It was a colourful event and there was palpable excitement in the air, history was being made.
The opening ceremony of the Funke Treasure Table Tennis Championship commenced eventually, with the Initiator’s speech.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Yomi Oke was there to give his support.
We were honoured with the support and presence of the Captain, Table Tennis Section of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Alh. Saheed Adelekan
Our Consultant Coach, Five-time Table Tennis Olympian, Ms. Bose Kaffo was in-charge of the Championship.
The distinguished Dr. Stella C. Okoli (OON) has delivered on her pledge to support the F3TC. The founder and CEO of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited had promised material support earlier in the month for the Table Tennis project.
Her financial donation will now fund the production of jerseys, the empowerment session on drug abuse and doping; and meals for the four day Championship.
Dr. Okoli also donated goody bags, exercise books, pens, and motivational pamphlets to participating girls. This kind gesture on the eve of the F3TC Press Conference is a major boost in organising the first of its kind competition in Oyo State.
The F3TC team is proud of Dr. Okoli’s unalloyed support for the growth and development of the girl-child in Nigeria through sports.