Toriola, Oshonaike eye Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticket

first_imgRelatedPosts Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Okowa adopts Okagbare, Ese Brume, four others Nigerian Table Tennis coaches are lazy – Ex-African Champion Minister advises athletes not to ‘burn out’ before Tokyo Olympics Nigeria’s veterans Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike would aim at picking the Tokyo Olympics ticket when the singles and mixed doubles qualification event scheduled for February 27 to 29 kicks off in Tunisia. Eight players made up of four men and four women in singles, including one mixed doubles pair, will qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tunisia. Already, Egypt as African champions in men and women team event has picked the African sole slot in team event, while two men and two women from the Egyptian team will feature in the singles event of Tokyo 2020. Nigeria’s duo of Toriola and Oshonaike will be eyeing history as Toriola will be aiming for eighth Olympics appearance as the first African athlete, while Oshonaike will be targeting seventh outing as the first African female player. Each national association is expected to present two players in the singles event of men and women and one team in the mixed doubles event Topping the list of the field of men’s singles heading to Tunis is Africa’s number one ranked player, Aruna Quadri of Nigeria, as well as his compatriot, Olajide Omotayo. Others listed for the men’s singles event are Gideon Kassa and Diawaku Diamuangana (Congo DRC), Habeb Alajaebi and Salh Abodib (Libya), Ibrahima Diaw and Hamidou Sow (Senegal), Derek Abrefa and Emmanuel Commey (Ghana), Ahmed Djamal (Djibouti), Kizito Oba Oba and Kanate Ali (Cote d’Ivoire), Dodji Kokou Fanny and Mawussi Agbetoglo (Togo), Saheed Idowu and Christ Bienatiki (Congo Brazzaville), Adam Hmam and Kerem Ben Yahia (Tunisia), Sami  Kherouf and Larbi Bouriah (Algeria), Brian Mutua and Josiah Wandera (Kenya), Godfrey Sultan (Seychelles), Monday Olabiyi (Benin Republic), Jonathan Nativel and Stephen Ravonison (Madagascar). The women has Flavia Kimbu and Cyntia Nzangani (Congo DRC), Sarah Hanffou (Cameroun), Offiong Edem and Olufunke Oshonaike (Nigeria), Rahma Houssein (Djibouti), Nandeshwaree Jalim (Mauritius), Marta Gulti (Ethiopia), Abir Salah Haj and Fadwa Garci (Tunisia), Lynda Loghraibi and Katia Kessaci (Algeria), Doreen Juma and Lydia Setey (Kenya) and Christy Bristol (Seychelles). African champions Omar Assar and Dina Meshref of Egypt top the list in the mixed doubles event. Others are Gideon Kassa and Cyntia Nzangani (Congo DRC), Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike (Nigeria), Ahmed Djamal and Rahma Houssein (Djibouti), Fadwa Garci and Mamia Thameur (Tunisia), Sami Kherouf and Lynda Loghraibi (Algeria) Godfrey Sultan and Christy Bristol (Seychelles). According to the prospectus, the singles event (men and women) will played in a round robin system with the players expected to be drawn into groups of four based on the decision of the jury. From the first stage, the winners and runners-up of all groups will be drawn in the second stage to play another round robin system to decide the top four positions that will qualify for the Olympic Games. The mixed doubles event shall be played in a simple knockout from the beginning to the final and the winning pair will be directly qualify to Tokyo 2020 as Africa’s representative in the Japan. The allotment of the players in groups will also be based on the latest African ranking list for February 2020 in singles and mixed doubles, while all matches in all stages for all events to be best of seven games.Tags: Olufunke OshonaikeSegun ToriolaTokyo 2020 Olympicslast_img read more


first_imgCllr Jimmy KavanaghCounty Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh has welcomed correspondence informing him that work is to commence soon on providing accessible bus bays in Letterkenny. The Minister for transport Paschal Donohue informed Kavanagh that work will begin shortly on the accessible bus routes.They will help improve the routes from Letterkenny to Dublin and Letterkenny to Sligo. Cllr. Kavanagh told Donegal Daily, “I am delighted that progress is being made on this issue.“I have been working hard on this for a long time, on behalf of the local branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Donegal Centre for Independent living, and for all people with a physical disability.“Many people with disabilities depend on public transport, and the routes to Dublin and Sligo are particularly important to them from the point of view of access to services, health care facilities and also for social reasons.“It is not acceptable in a county that has no rail service, that accessible coaches are not available. “Their absence makes it very difficult for people with disabilities to make these journeys and those that are brave enough to do so, must stay on a bus for the four hour duration of the journey.“As it is too difficult to make use of the comfort break at half way on the journey, as getting off and back on the bus is such an ordeal.In correspondence to Cllr. Kavanagh, Minister Paschal Donohue said:“Thank you for your correspondence seeking an update on accessible buses on the Letterkenny to Dublin Route.“I have been in touch directly with Bus Éireann on the matter and the company have informed me that they have been allocated funding by the National Transport Authority (NTA) for an accessibility bus bay development at Bus Station which will facilitate an accessible coach service on Letterkenny/Dublin and Letterkenny/Sligo routes. ” It is expected that this work will start before the end of the year.Cllr. Kavanagh concluded by saying, “I will be contacting Bus Eireann in the near future for a further update on the commencement of the work to the bus bays in Letterkenny and I would like to thank them, and the Minister for their help with this issue.COUNCILLOR WELCOMES PROGRESS ON ACCESSIBLE BUS SERVICES IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsPoliticslast_img read more