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300 Players Set For Battles As NTTF Championships Begin

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Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF)

Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) national championships begin today at the Molade Okoya-Thomas hall of Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos.

The two best table tennis players in the country will be up against each other.  Azeez Solanke who edged Taiwo Matti to win the 14th Aso Cup Championships in Abuja last week will also be in Lagos to outwit each other for the top spot on the podium.

Champion Amadi, as well as Usman Okanlawon, is also in the race for the top prize.

Nearly 300 players will slug it out at the tournament. Speaking at the tournament’s press conference on Monday, Chairman, NTTF Caretaker Committee, Ishaku Tikon, said the tournament served as an opportunity to identify talents who would take over from the likes of Quadri Aruna, Funke Oshonaike, Olajide Omotayo and Segun Toriola.

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Thomas Tuchel Handed Two-Year Chelsea FC Contract Extension After Champions League Triumph

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Thomas Tuchel Handed Two-Year Chelsea FC Contract Extension After Champions League Triumph

After delivering Chelsea a Champions League glory in Porto, German manager, Thomas Tuchel has signed a two-year contract extension at Chelsea after he was initially handed an 18-month deal at Stamford Bridge.

Back in January, Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January after the former Chelsea midfielder was ushered through the exits as a former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss was brought in.

Aside the Champions League title, Tuchel also guided Chelsea to a top-four finish in the Premier League and they reached the FA Cup Final, where they lost to Leicester at Wembley.

Speaking on his contract renewal, a deal until 2023, Tuchel said “I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal,” he added “I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family.”

He said “there is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation.”

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Naomi Osaka Withdraws From French Open

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Naomi Osaka Withdraws From French Open

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has on Monday withdrawn from the 2021 French Open after she was threatened with expulsion over her press boycott decision.

The world number two caused a storm on the eve of the tournament when she revealed that she would not attend any press conferences at Roland Garros on account of mental health concerns.

Following her first-round win, Osaka was fined $15,000 by Grand Slam organisers for failing to attend a news conference.

And on Sunday, she was warned she could be thrown out of the French Open if she continues with her decision to boycott all media activity including the post-match news conferences at the tournament.

On Monday, the Japanese star released the statement on Twitter giving reasons for her withdrawal – and for her decision to avoid press conferences in the first place saying “the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my wellbeing is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.”

She added, “I never wanted to be a distraction. I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly, I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly.

The four-time Grand Slam champion said “The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m introverted, and anyone that’s seen me at tournaments will notice that I’m often wearing headphones as that helps dull my social anxiety.

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Aguero Joins Barcelona On A Free Transfer Following Manchester City Departure

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Argentine fottballer, Sergio Aguero has been officially unveiled at Camp Nou, bringing to an end his illustrious 10-year career at Etihad Stadium

The 32-year-old underwent a medical at Camp Nou on Monday joining Barcelona on a free transfer following his departure from Manchester City.

Barca moved for Aguero after City’s decision to let the striker go at the end of his contract, bringing to an end his trophy-laden ten-year spell in Manchester.

Aguero, who won 15 major trophies during his time in Manchester, will join compatriot and close friend Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp as the Catalan club look to improve on a third-place finish in La Liga.

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