The Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Olabanji Oladapo has been re-elected into the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Board of Directors (BoD) at the end of the annual general meeting (AGM) of the world body in Houston, Texas, United States.
The president of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) Ishaku Tikon and NTTF board member Elderson Bankole have also been appointed into the veteran and para commissions of ITTF respectively, continuing a theme of Nigerians ascending to positions of authority and influence in the world tennis governing body.
The developments come on the heels of Nigeria’s Wahid Enitan Oshodi winning election as one of seven ITTF vice presidents on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, president of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) Khaled El-Salhy has hailed the election of Oshodi and Alaa Meshref of Egypt as executive vice presidents of the ITTF as a great feat by the continent.
“It is a very honourable day for the Africa Table Tennis family, today Wednesday, 24 November 2021, as the continent got two slots in the highest ruling arm of ITTF Executive Committee for the first time in its history. Congratulations for Wahid Oshodi and Alaa Meshref and congratulations for the whole family of Table Tennis in our continent,” the ATTF chief said.
He added: “This is the second time in a row to show to everybody what Africa could achieve when it is united and fully supporting our representatives; as the first time was last year when we succeeded to support South Africa to win the bid to host 2023 WTTC in Durban, and this year to win two representatives of Africa in ITTF EC. I have to say frankly, it is time now for Africa to continue the road of success in the future.”