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R- L: Chairman, Board of Trustees, Stephen lghomuaye, presenting the grand prize to Uchechi Okere, with Otunba Toyin Odunowo

Uchechi Okere wins El Marino’s ‘Alukimba Table Tennis Tournament’

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Uchechi Okere, a Teacher at Redeemer International Secondary School has emerged winner of this year’s El Marino Alukimba Table Tennis tournament which took place at El Marino Sports Club on Monday April 17, 2017.

Okere, the defending champion, displayed his dexterity in the tournament by defeating Chris Anazia in the finals.

Like in the 2016 edition, Chris Anazia and Remi Koledoye retained their second and third positions respectively.

Surveyor Otunba Odunowo congratulating the second position winner, Chris Anazia

Okere who is undoubtedly the best table tennis player in El Marino Sports Club has now won the trophy four times.

The annual tournament which is in its sixth year is usually played between members of the prestigious Lagos based El Marino Sports Club. The tournament is sponsored by Otunba Toyin Odunowo who is also a member of the club.

Otunba Odunowo coincidentally celebrated his 61birthday on the day of the competition.

L-R Surveyor Otunba Odunowo, Remi Koledoye, third position winner and Surveyor Otunba Olayiwola Hassan

Speaking on the tournament, the Team Manager of El Marino Sports Club, Otunba Seyi Adefarati, said the tournament is aimed at enhancing skills in the game which is a major sporting activity the world over.

He added that the tournament is also aimed at promoting physical fitness and encouraging skills among members of the club.

Continuing, Otunba Adefarati said “the door of the club is open to new members so that the philosophy of healthy living which El Marino believes in will spread to more Nigerians”.

L-R Surveyor Otunba Odunowo, Moses Ideho, the most improved player of the tournament and Babatunde Adebayo

Also, Otunba Odunowo, said he decided to sponsor the tournament for the interest of sports development among members and for them to be physically fit. He stated that other sporting activities have been given wide recognition and that table tennis is an area that has not been well promoted, hence the sponsorship which is aimed at improving skills in that segment of sport.

Some members of El Marino who participated in the tournament

On his part, Okere the winner of the tournament said the matches have been very challenging but he knew he would win because he knows the weak points of his opponents. “I have to come up with a different style in the finals, other than what l used in the semi-finals to defeat my opponent to clinch the first position,” he said.

Founded in 2002, El Marino is an elite Sports Club that promotes healthy living through participation in sporting activities.



About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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