A total of 171 players made up of 105 men and 66 women are expected from 32 countries at the 2019 International table tennis federation (ITTF) challenge plus Nigeria Open scheduled to hold from August 7 to 11 in Lagos.
Some of the countries who will compete at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos for the five days event include Austria, Germany and France. Others are; Belgium, Croatia, England, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Sweden.
In Africa, Nigeria and Egypt will be leading the African teams while others expected are Algeria, Benin Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Congo DRC, Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa.
Brazil will represent the South America continent while Asia will be represented by India, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.
The Seamaster ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open is the fourth out of the six ITTF Challenge Plus across the globe, as the players fight for improved ranking points. The 2019 tournament is an improvement from the 27 countries that featured in the 2018 edition.
In terms of prize money, the purse of the tournament has been jerked to $60,000 with players competing in seven titles on offer: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, U-21 Men’s Singles and U-21 Women’s Singles.