Nigeria’s leading gaming company, Premier Lotto has thrown its weight behind the fourth edition of the ITTF World Tour Nigerian Open (Lagos 2016) holding from May 18 to 22nd at the Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

This partnership with the ITTF/NTTF means that Premier Lotto becomes the title sponsor of Nigeria’s  foremost international  sports tournament for this year. This partnership is in addition to the numerous support that the Sir Chief Kessington Adebutu owned company has given to the development of various sports and education in the country. The famed philanthropist is well known for his love for grassroots and school sports development.

According to the President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi, this is an excellent development for table tennis as the sport is getting a much needed boost from the support of Premier Lotto and furthermore it shows their continued commitment to sports development

“We are very happy that Premier Lotto is coming on board alongside the Lagos State Government who have been the backbone of the tournament since inception and this is a big boost for the sport in Nigeria. The competition will now be known as The ITTF Premier Lotto Nigerian Open. We are expecting over 30 of the worlds top players and Olympic qualifiers including our own Aruna Quadri and the peerless Segun Toriola among others. We must also thank those companies that have continued to support this event as it continues to grow from year to year. We hope that other corporate bodies will come on board to emulate Premier Lotto as we are getting closer to the kick off of the competition,” Oshodi said.

The Nigerian Open is the foremost Challenge Series tournament in the ITTF calendar with participants jostling for $46,000 this year.

Six events have been listed by the world table tennis ruling body and they are singles (men and women); doubles (men and women) as well as U-21 boys and girls.

The players will be using the tournament to garner world ranking points as well as make it to the end-of-the-year ITTF World Tour Finals.

The tournament which will be heralded in by the NTTF’s U16 Super League Finals at the same venue on the 14th of May promises to deliver a week of excitement for Nigeria’s teeming sports fans.