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‘We plan to make 55th Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Championship special’

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Organisers of the now rechristened Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Championship have promised to make the 55th edition a special one.

The competition holds at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.The yearly event, which was known as the Asoju Oba Table Tennis Cup, is the longest sports tournament in the country until the name change by the family out of exigency.Speaking with The Guardian on the 55th edition, the son of the late initiator of the competition, Ayodeji Okoya-Thomas, stated that this year’s event would follow the usual tradition by the family to make it different from every other year.“This has always been our practice that after every five years we must to do something special.

I cannot say how it will look like this year, but definitely I can assure that it will be something different.“That is why we have to engage the Lagos State early enough to make sure that the competition is the way it should be and the date is given to us early enough.

And there will be no other competition happening on that date,” he said.Ayodeji, who spoke on how the family had been able to sustain the tournament, said, “God has been the one that has been giving us the grace to continue to do.

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