My Desire Is To Produce Table Tennis Star In South-South – Ebikpolade

My Desire Is To Produce Table Tennis Star In South-South – Ebikpolade
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Chairman of Bayelsa State Table Tennis Association and Representative of South-South region in the current Nigeria Table Tennis Federation NTTF board Mr Ama-Ebi Ebikpolade revealed he will not leave any stone unturned to ensure table tennis stars are raised in the region.

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Ebikpolade who have been working tirelessly for growth and development of the game in Bayelsa state dethroned Orok Duke who has been the South-South representative in the NTTF board for 16 years without any development of the game in the region.

Speaking with   AljazirahNigeria Sports, Ebikpolade said that youth and talent development as well nurturing young ones remains his sole agenda, a move that would help the region to be a force to reckon with in Table Tennis.

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According to him, I want to focus on the cadets. When you talk about the south-south, one man cannot do it, we need to look for sponsors.  The first thing I want to do is to put up a website, because we are in the first century, we need to expose what we are doing.

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“I don’t believe in tournaments, though tournaments are necessary but how do you engage in tournaments when you have not trained them.  When we give them five months of practice, then in the sixth month, you can say let’s come together to see if they can express what they have practiced.

“I am not interested in the national stars, I want to build international stars. They do very well around, but when you take them overseas, you find them losing to a fourteen year old player, because the equipment, the mental strength and psychological aspect of the game is missing. So, they are the things we want to put in the younger players, so that they can match any kind of player.”

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