Bothered by the dearth of quality tournament for table-tennis players in Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole, a philanthropy and table tennis enthusiast, Johnson Akinyemi JP has canvassed for support for the game among the socialites in the big city of Ibadan, while pledging to do everything within his capacity to also lift table tennis at the grassroots.
The CEO of Mojoyinola Confectionary who claimed to have also played the game in the 90s to professional level made the call while speaking with newsmen at the Role Model Table tennis Challenge organized by a sports presenter Babatunde Saheed who works with an Ibadan based radio the station, Fresh FM at the indoor squash hall of Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan.
Akinyemi who was thrilled by the high standard of the quality displayed by the ping-pongers yearned for more and frequent competitions for the table tennis players to afford them display their talents and becoming better in the game.
He however called on the well-meaning individual in the state to come to the aid of the table tennis players by supporting their training with equipments and sponsoring camping and training tours for them ahead of major tournaments while also pledging to do everything within his own capacity to support the game.
“Table tennis was more popular than football before when we are growing up, but now reverse is the case, you hardly see table tennis within our communities again as it used to be seen at the nooks and crannies of our communities before.
“I sponsored two players to represent my firm in this competition and they both did very well, as you can see that one of them qualified for the semifinal, all players that participated in this tournament gave their best and we are all impressed by their skills, I think they need better encouragements.
“Am ready to support table-tennis to the best of my ability, I was
also a table player before, nevertheless, I could not play it to the
level I wished, but henceforth I will be supporting sporting
activities in this state with promotional products from my firm and I
will be speaking with my friends that are big businessmen to
contribute their own quota to the development of this game”,
Mojoyinola boss noted.