Frot Group has boosted Aruna Quadri and Segun Toriola in their quest for glory at the Rio 2016 Olympics which begin this weekend.
The chairman of the outfit, Frank Momoh has been supporting sports in Nigeria while he extended the gesture to the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), during the 2016 ITTF World Tour tagged Nigeria Open.
For the president of NTTF, Enitan Oshodi, the gesture would motivate the players in their quest to make the country proud in Brazil.
“This support for Segun Toriola and Aruna Quadri will greatly encourage and assist our top players in their quest to put up a good performance in the Olympics and other upcoming tournaments.
“It will help in reducing the financial strain incurred by the players in traveling and buying equipment. Playing at world level carries a lot of expenses and the support from Frot Group will go a long way in assuaging the financial burden on the players. We are very grateful to the Chairman of Frot Group, Mr Frank Momoh for making this possible.”
He added: “Mr Momoh is a well-known supporter of sports in Nigeria and by this act has further shown his commitment to the development of table tennis. You will remember that Frot Group was a major partner to the NTTF at the much heralded 2016 ITTF Nigeria Open. This is a very good synergy as it helps to bring the skills of two world class table tennis players to the fore and highlights the commitment of a leading Nigeria company to support sports and our athletes. It is this kind of support that will surely assist our athletes to compete against the best in the world:
“I urge other major companies to help our youths further develop their talents by emulating this worthy feat.”
Meanwhile, a member of Team Nigeria in the men’s team event of the Rio Olympic Games, Bode Abiodun believes the new system of play introduced by ITTF would give every team equal chance to make the podium in Brazil.
The Portugal-based player said that he was excited attending his first Olympics, while admitting that the presence of veteran Toriola would inspire the three-man team to do well and not just participating .
“I am so happy for making my first appearance at the Olympic Games because this is the biggest sporting event in the world and it is the dream of every athlete to make it to the Olympic Games. Also I know that nobody focuses on us because they see us as underdogs but I must say that we are going to Rio to make our presence count.
“The new playing system introduced by ITTF has given all the 16 participating equal opportunity to make it to the podium. Being the continent’s representative, we will surely make impact in Rio,” Abiodun said.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist will join Toriola and 2014 ITTF Star Player to compete in the men’s team event of the Rio Olympics Games in Brazil when the table tennis event serves on August 6.