Nigeria junior table tennis player, Esther Oribamise has drummed up support from both the public and private sector for investment in the junior players in a bid to bring out the best in them.
Nigeria’s number one-ranked junior female table tennis player is scheduled to represent Africa at the Youth Olympics in Argentina in October alongside three North African players.
Oribamise was speaking in a chat with aclsports.com as he revealed that she wants to return to the country from the tournament with a medal.
In her words, she said: “For now, the preparations for the Games have been very slow because there has been no support yet from the government. Preparing for such a competition entails attending a few international tournaments where I can compete in the junior category and meet with some opponents, who will probably be attending the Games too.”
“But I have been managing what I have and training hard with my coach (Olubode Ajayi) to ensure that whenever the Youth Olympics camp is eventually opened, I would not be found wanting. I want to come back with a medal from Argentina.” she added.
Oribamise further stated that there are more players in need of assistance to realise their full potential.
She said: “Nigeria is blessed with a lot of talented table tennis players in the junior category, who can beat the Egyptians at any level of the competition if the right things are done. The government and private organisations really need to invest in the junior players to bring out the best in us.”
Esther Oribamise secured her spot for the Youth Olympic Games in Tunisia last year.