Olajide Omotayo set a brand new African report within the first official World Desk Tennis (WTT) occasions, after the 2019 African Video games champion turned the primary Nigerian and African to win a match on the WTT Center East Hub which is held in Doha, Qatar.
Omotayo who’s competing in his first worldwide event after qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in Tunis in February 2020 has began his marketing campaign from the preliminaries alongside different African gamers from Egypt and Algeria.
Confronted with Kazakhstan Alan Kurmangaliyev within the first spherical of the preliminary spherical, the Nigerian confirmed off his garments to turn into the one African participant to report a victory on the opening day of the event to be held on the Lusail Sports activities Area in Doha, in Qatar.
Omotayo is one among 298 gamers representing 66 nations taking part within the $ 200,000 prize which is without doubt one of the Hub (Contender) within the Center East Hub, which serves to return to the worldwide stage for many of the gamers.
Regardless of successful the primary sport 11-7, Omotayo fell within the second sport to 7-11 whereas within the subsequent two video games, he confirmed his class with a 12-10, 11-1 victory to report a 3-1 victory. and created a Monday, March 1, second-round duel towards Germany’s prime Bundesliga participant, Sweden’s Anton Kallberg.
A cheerful Omotayo has described his return to the worldwide event as spectacular, being away for greater than a 12 months.
“I really feel good to have the ability to play right here. Having to attend a 12 months isn’t very easy, however a minimum of every thing returns to regular.
“I do know the sensation is not totally returned as a result of I have not performed any official video games in a 12 months, however it might solely get higher from there. Over time, the momentum will probably be once more.
“I additionally really feel good and I am comfortable that everybody adopted all of the directions they gave us to be secure. The corridor is wonderful and I’ve all the time liked taking part in right here in Doha, and so for me Doha is at dwelling,” he stated.
Not like Omotayo, the Egyptian duo of Khaled Assar and Mohammed El-Beiali weren’t fortunate since their European counterparts confirmed them the exit door within the preliminary stage.
Assar was knocked out by German Ricardo Walter who gained 14-12, 11-7, 11-6 whereas Belarusian Pavel Platonov beat El-Beiali 3-0 (11-5, 12-10, 11-6).
Egyptian duo Omar Assar and Ahmed Saleh, and Ibrahima Diaw and Omotayo, in Senegal, will probably be in motion within the second spherical of the preliminary spherical on Monday, March 1 whereas the best ranked African within the Quadri Aruna competitors will start his marketing campaign from the principle draw on March 3, having been listed among the many prime gamers within the competitors.
The WTT Contest Sequence is designed to offer the proper setting for a few of the prime stars on the planet to be challenged by the very best rising athletes in ping-pong.