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NTTF Boss Vows to Improve Coaching in Nigeria

first_imgIshaku Tikon Tikon was speaking at the one day strategic meeting he had with coaches to fashion out plans and agree on ways of moving the game forward in the country.He noted that the game of table tennis is dynamic and is advancing regularly with new technology and rules geared towards high performance.The presidemt pleaded for cordial relationship between the administrators, coaches and players alike, saying team work is a far better strength than division.“You will all agree with that table tennis is one of the games in the world that advances regularly with new technology and rules that is geared towards high performance. The coaches are the vehicle that drives the high performance engine.“Recently in collaboration with the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), I attracted an ITTF level 2 coaching course that took place in Ibadan. I was not happy with the outcome of the course because out of the 15 participants, only three passed the course. I am working assiduously to source for materials that will help you next time. Furthermore, through NOC, I will be pushing for 70 per cent level 1 and 30 per cent level2 courses respectively from ITTF, ” Tikon said.He said the cardinal programme of his administration is to give international spread and exposure to the coaches at international events. He promised to partner with state governments to develop table tennis at the grassroots levels.“One important value of a coach is to produce quality players at all levels that will be integrated into the NTTF pool for further nurturing. The challenge most of you have is the low or zero activities at the local or zonal levels. However, we are planning on how to partner with the various state governments to really develop table tennis at the grassroots level,“ he said.National team coach, Bello Nasiru (Alakoro), commended the NTTF boss for putting together the one day, meeting, saying it will enable the coaches to voice out their minds and chart the way forward for the development of table tennis in the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), President, Ishaku Tikon, on Tuesday, expressd the commitment of NTTF towards building the capacity of Nigerian table tennis coaches.He said the objective of the federation remains to produce quality players at all levels.last_img read more

Pets of the week: 8-25-20

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– Today’s “Pets of the Week” features Berri, Sherbet, and Amelia.This is Berri. He’s a four–year–old pit bull who loves going on walks. He’s still quite young for a dog, and has a playful and curious personality. When he’s outside, he loves nothing more than running around. When he’s indoors, Berri loves a squeaky soft toy.Next, meet Sherbet. When she came to the shelter, she was a bit of a shy girl, but now she’ll latch onto you and cuddle all day long. She loves playing with other cats, and her favorite toys are the kind she can chase around.Finally, meet Amelia. She’s about two and a half months old and something of a tomboy. She loves to rassle with other kittens and climb around wherever she can.To learn more about adoption, visit Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Governor Whitmer encourages all Michiganders to get a flu vaccineNext Bond set for Alpena man who threatened another with a baseball batlast_img read more

Softball Completes Three-Game Sweep Over Evansville with 3-0 Win Sunday

first_img Live Stats Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) added two insurance runs in the sixth inning. Wright, who entered as a pinch hitter with two outs, ripped a double to right field that scored Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) and Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.).   PDF Box Score The Valley on ESPN3 Story Links EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Drake University softball team completed a three-game sweep over Evansville Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 win on the opening weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play. Newman and Purple Aces starter Morgan Florey battled the first three innings as both team’s offenses struggled. The Bulldogs had zero hits while Florey struck out seven batters. Newman was just as good, giving up two hits, but she punched out seven Purple Aces on strikes. Timmons pitched the final four innings and allowed just two hits with four strikeouts and worked around three walks. She improved to 7-4 on the season with the outstanding relief appearance. at Indiana State 3/23/2018 – 1 PM Drake returns to Indiana next weekend for more MVC action as the Bulldogs visit Indiana State, March 24-25. The three-game series against the Sycamores will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Watch Live Drake (19-9, 3-0 MVC) avenged a three-game sweep by Evansville (7-18, 0-3 MVC) during the 2017 season. Next Game: Newman started and went three innings and allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Her seven strikeouts give her 646 in her career and moved her past former teammate Rebekah Schmidt (2012-15, 644) for fifth all-time in program history. Preview Drake broke through in the fourth inning as Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) started the frame with a single and Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) followed with a walk. Both moved up after a wild pitch by Florey. Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa), a lefty batter, then drove a ball to the opposite field that scored Roemmich for the 1-0 lead. Johnson then stole second and Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) was hit by a pitch to the load bases with zero outs. However, Florey settled in and retired the next three batters to escape anymore trouble. Evansville threatened in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Purple Aces hit back-to-back singles off Timmons, but Timmons settled in and retired the next three batters, including a pair of strikeouts. Full Schedule Roster Sunday, the Bulldogs won a classic pitching duel as Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) teamed up and shut down the Purple Aces.last_img read more