As efforts to secure a podium for Team Nigeria’s athletes at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics gain momentum, two of Nigeria’s top table tennis players, Quadri Aruna and Funke Oshonaike, were adopted on Tuesday in Lagos by the SIFAX group.
The announcement came after a meeting with Sifax Group Chairman HRM Oba (Dr) Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu and Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare.
The two Nigerian team members, Oshonaike and Aruna, were adopted under the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development’s “Adopt-an-Athlete” initiative by the SIFAX Group.
Both athletes were adopted to support their preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
With the adoption of the two elite athletes, the total number of Nigerian team athletes adopted under the FMYSD’s “Adopt-an-Athlete” initiative increased to 18.
Six-time Olympian Oshonaike will set a record as the first African woman to compete in seven consecutive Olympic Games. She will also become the first woman to join the “Club des 7” of the International Table Tennis Federation, made up of players who have participated in the Games seven times..
Aruna is the first African to qualify for the men’s singles quarter-finals at the Olympics and will make his third Games appearance, after competing in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games.