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Nigeria's duo, Offiong Edem and Olajide Omotayo, join the Paris 2024 train

Posted : 19 May 2024

Nigeria’s top seeds, Olajide Omotayo and Offiong Edem, have qualified for the 2024 Olympic Table Tennis tournament after sterling performances in the African qualifying today.


Offiong Edem became the first Nigerian to qualify for the Paris games after a resilient 4-2 victory over Tunisia’s Fadwa Garci in the ladies' semifinals of the qualifying event at the largest indoor arena in East Africa, BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda’s largest city.


The 37-year-old former African champion, Offiong, will become a 5-time Olympian when the games kick off in July.


In the men’s event, another Nigerian, Olajide Omotayo, secured his ticket to Paris with a dominant 4-0 win over Congo-Brazzaville’s Saheed Idowu in the semifinals.


This will be Omotayo’s 2nd appearance at the Olympics.


The African qualifying is being played in three stages.


The first stage features preliminary groups of three or four players each.


The winners and runners-up from these groups will advance to the second stage, which consists of a direct knockout system.


The two finalists of the second stage will automatically qualify for Paris, while the losers of the semi-finals in the third stage will play a direct knockout to determine the third qualifier for Paris.


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