The table tennis star from Oyo State, Aruna Quadri on Monday has said he will kit six table tennis players for the next year.
Relayed this via an audio message, the athlete said the gesture came from his desire to nurture more top players like himself.
“I am using this opportunity to thank the table tennis family for their support in this trying time and to urge us to stay safe as we continue to fight this pandemic globally. In my usual way of giving back to the society as well as supporting new talents in Nigeria and I will be supporting some players at the 2021 NTTF National Championships and I wish all the players the best of luck and let the tournament begin,” the Portugal-based star said.
Wahid Enitan Oshodi, the Chairman of ITTF Nomination Committee, speaking during the presentation in Lagos on Monday, said Aruna has become a shining light in table tennis following his gesture toward young players in the country. He advised other top players to take a replicate of his acts.
Oshodi also said that the four new players who stood out during the National Championship would be beneficiaries of Aruna’s gesture during the grand finale on Saturday, May 22.
World number one in U-13 Musa Mustapha and his sibling, Mustapha Mustapha from Borno State as well as Kabirat Ayoola of Oyo State and Aishat Rabiu were the four cadet players that will be kitted by Aruna for one year. The duo of Taiwo Mati and Azeez Solanke got renewal for their kits sponsorship for another year.
A delighted Mati praised Aruna for the support while promising to never relent in his endeavours to emulate the African champion.
Other players that have benefited from Aruna’s kits sponsorship include Sukurat Aiyelabegan (Kwara), Muiz Olanrewaju (Oyo), Nurudeen Hassan (Lagos), Olajide Omotayo (Lagos), Fatimo Bello (Lagos), Abdulahi Afolabi (Lagos), Taiwo Balogun (Lagos), Ademola Abiola (Oyo) and Tobi Falana (Kwara).
Also, Paralympics debutants – Isau Ogunkunle (Ogun) and Faith Obazuaye (Delta) have benefited as well.
Each player is expected to get two pairs of rubbers, blade, t-shirts, shorts, tracksuits, shoes, socks, towels, bat case, backpack, and cap.