The National Training Centre of the Lagos National Stadium will come alive today 20 players made up of 12 boys and eight girls begin camping for the ITTF World Junior Championships in Cape Town, South Africa.The camping would be used to select the players that will represent the country at the global championship under the watchful eyes of seven-time Olympian, Segun Toriola as part of his efforts to inspire young players.Some of the players were part of the team that featured at the ITTF African Junior Championship in Algiers where they qualified for the World Juniors. Also, the outstanding players from the National U-16 tournament also made the list of players invited to camp.According to the President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi, the camping is necessary as some of the players would gain from the experience of Toriola, who has been celebrated globally for his consistency and discipline in the sport.“We are blessed with talents just like Aruna Quadri and we don’t want to lose the momentum by ensuring that we come through with our programmes. This camping becomes necessary as we want to select the best hands among the junior players so that they can also test might with their foreign counterparts at the world juniors. With the experience of Toriola and Michael Oyebode, who were both in Rio Olympic Games, I am confident that camping would have impart on the players and prepare them for the championship,” Oshodi said.He added: “The selected players will later go into close camping before the championship in November and they will continue to train in readiness for the competition.Toriola will surely depart to his base after the camping and we hope the coaches around can continue to sharpen the skills of the players before the tournament which has Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria and Tunisia representing Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.”The invited players are Abayomi Animasahun, Azeez Solanke, Amadi Umeh, Michael Abayomi, Augustine Emmanuel, Jamiu Ayanwale, Ololade Oyenekan, Tobi Falana, Etim Orok, Babafemi Babatunde and Umar Ibrahim for boys and the girls include Tosin Oribamise Agnes Onoja, Ajoke Ojomu, Alimot Ayinla, Rofiat Jimoh, Iyanuoluwa Falana, Vivian Akpan and Sukurat Aiyelabegan.NTTF will cater for the players’ feeding and accommodation while their states are expected to offset their transport fare.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in May that the league planned to interview Hill after a case involving Child Protection Services is resolved. The status of that case is unavailable.Hill caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Chiefs last season. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe had already said April 25 he would not pursue charges against Hill. He said even though he believed that a crime had been committed, he couldn’t prove who did it.In an email to the Star on Friday, Howe said he stands by those comments. However, Howe did not address whether the investigation had ever been reopened. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in late April that a criminal investigation into the incident had been reopened.“It is not an active investigation,” Howe said in the email. “As in any case, if we receive additional evidence we reevaluate.”Hill and the child’s mother, Crystal Espinal, Hill’s fiancee, reportedly temporarily lost custody of the child.The Chiefs suspended Hill for the “foreseeable future” in April after an audio recording surfaced of Hill allegedly threatening Espinal.Hill issued a statement that month saying he was “innocent of any crime.” His attorney, Trey Pettlon, told the Star the criminal case had been closed for a while.“It’s my understanding the criminal investigation has been closed for quite some time now and obviously there’s been some misinformation about that, but it is closed,” Pettlon said.However, Hill still faces possible punishment from the NFL. Prosecutors say the child abuse probe involving Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill is “not an active investigation,” meaning he faces no charges, the Kansas City Star reported Friday.The wide receiver had been the subject of an investigation following an alleged incident in March in which his 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm.