Table tennis: Adebakin and Akanbi win first Aruna cadet tournament

TOBI Adebakin and Kehinde Akanbi emerged victorious in the boys and girls categories of the first Aruna Cadet Invitational Championships at Eko Club, Surulere on Sunday.

The tournament is hosted by Africa’s No.1 table tennis player Quadri Aruna.

The table tennis star also took advantage of the event to launch his Aruna Sports Club and Academy.

Adebakin, 12, beat Joseph Emmanuel to win the Cadet Boys title, while Akanbi took the win over Faisat Misbau to come home with the Cadet Girls Crown.

Speaking after the competition, Quadri said the tournament is an opportunity to develop the next series of stars in Nigeria who will take over the stage.

“Growing up we heard about Atanda Musa, it was after 10 years that we started hearing about Segun Toriola, then another 10 years after he reigned for so long that we started to hear about it. by Quadri Aruna.

“It means we produce very good players every ten years. This is what I do not want to continue and is that I am organizing a tournament like this.

“I want us to produce about five good players every five years. So it will be a continuous tournament that will take the format of a table tennis league in the future, ”said Aruna. The punch.

The winners went home with N 50,000 each, while the losing finalists received N 25,000. Third-place players also received N 15,000 as a reward, while the quarterfinals losers went home with 10,000. N. There were also cash rewards of N 35,000 each for the losers in the group.

Other attractions of the day included exhibition games by non-professionals, including comedian Ayo Makun and musician Tiimi Dakolo.

The vice-president of the African Table Tennis Federation, Enitan Oshodi, was one of the guests present.

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