Africa PTT Championships: Commonwealth silver medallist targets Tokyo Paralympic ticket

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A 2018 Commonwealth Para Table Tennis (PTT) silver medallist, Faith Obazuaye, on Monday said she was targeting a ticket in the Africa PTT Championships ongoing in Alexandria, Egypt.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF)-organised championship serves as a continental qualifier for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Obazuaye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Alexandria that her target would be to accumulate points that would earn her a ticket for the Tokyo Games.

She said that her feat in the 2018 Commonwealth Games made her to develop a winning spirit, adding that her trainings had been geared toward excellent performances in international tournaments.

“I believe that determination is profitable.

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“This PPT championship is an opportunity for me to make my first appearance in the Paralympic Games, and I am ready to go.

“I was happy with myself and proud of my country when I mounted the podium last year to receive a silver medal; this year it is going to be gold,” he said.

The Edo-born para athlete said that she would compete in class 10 events with athletes from Egypt, Tunisia, Cote’ d Ivoire, South Africa and Algeria, adding that she would want to be the first gold medallist in the class.

She applauded the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation for their support, and promised to bring honour to Nigeria.

NAN reports that the paralympic trio of Tajudeen Agunbiade, Sule Koleso and Nasiru Sule, Ahmed Koleosho and six others are also taking part in the championship to end on July 2.

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