No fewer than 50 male and female players are training in Lagos ahead of the 2023 World Table Tennis Tournament scheduled to hold from June 12 to June 18.

Table tennis players from about 15 countries are expected in Lagos for the tournament.

The tournament is coming on the heels of the just-concluded first ITTF World Championships in Africa since 1939.

It is expected to allow players to garner ranking points in their quest to pick tickets to Paris 2024 Olympic Games in France.

Nigeria’s National Table Tennis Coach, Nosiru Bello, said that the tournament was slated for the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium Surulere, Lagos.

He also said that world top-rank players from countries like China, Japan and Korea would feature at the tournament that would be hosted for the first time by Nigeria.

According to Bello, preparations are in top gear as the Nigerian players are upbeat and in high spirits for the event.