The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) yesterday listed Nigeria Open in its Challenge Series calendar, even as it confirmed August date for the tournament.
ITTF, also named Mounir Bessah from Algeria as the competition manager, while Nigeria’s Femi George was named as the tournament director of the championship to be held at the Molade OkoyaThomas hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
With a price tag of $46000, Nigeria Open remains the highest prize money tournament among the ITTF Challenge Series.
For this year, the Nigeria Open will hold on August 9 to 13 with players across the globe expected to complete their registration by July 20. The final entries for singles event is July 10 while the final entries for doubles is July 20.
According to the 2017 ITTF Challenge Directives, limited number of entries to players is 180, while only the final entries are taken into consideration by the organizers and the Competition Manager for the participation of players.
In the prospectus released at the weekend, a national association can enter a maximum of six players with the host getting 12 slots in each gender. However, the tournament will be preceded by the qualification events commencing on Wednesday August 9 to 10 while the main draw will serve off on August 10.
Meanwhile, defending champion Olah Benedek from Finland, has confirmed his readiness to defend the title while some European stars have expressed their intention to be part of the tournament.