Egypt, Nigeria Remain In Division Two As Tourney Ends
Following the failure of Nigeria and Egypt’s men teams to advance to the elite division of the biennial International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Team Championship, which ends today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the two African representatives would remain in the second tier of the championship in 2018.
Nigeria lost to India, the same team it had earlier defeated in the group stage of the competition, while the Asian team continued its winning streak by also beating the Egyptian team, thereby, qualifying to play in the elite division of the championship come 2018.
Currently, African best teams, Egypt is ranked 27th and Nigeria 29th as the tournament ends today.
However, the race for the African sole slot in the men’s team event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be between Egypt and Nigeria, as both countries’ team players try to come out top in the continent.
With the absence of Nigeria’s women team, the Egyptian women have automatically qualified for the event at Rio.
Nigeria will have to wait for the decision of the ITTF to know the outcome of its chance after the women failed to make it to the championship.
Meanwhile, Asian giants, China and Japan will battle for the titles in the men and women finals of the championship.
To berth in the final of the men’s event, China edged out South Korea 3-0, while Japan worked hard for their 3-1 win over giant killing English team.
For the women’s final, it is China and Japan again after China beat Chinese Taipei 3-0 with Japan dismissing Korea DPR 3-1.
Over 90 teams across the world took part in the biggest tournament in the ITTF’s calendar.
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