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Three years after the demise of its financier, the
annual Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Cup
continues to grow in leaps and bounds as the
family of the late business mogul, Molade Okoya-
Thomas on Thursday November 23 unveiled plans
to stage a befitting 49 edition.
Also, a peep into what to expect in the
50 anniversary of the longest running sports
competition in Nigeria was hinted at the press
briefing to herald the kick off of this year’s
edition.
According to Ayodeji Okoya-Thomas, this year’s
marked the third edition of the tournament after
the death of their father, while the family
expressed appreciation to the Lagos State
Government for their unflinching support to the
tournament since its inception in 1968.
“this is of course will the third after 46 years
that is not being addressed by the initiator and
sole sponsor of the tournament, Sir Chief Molade
Okoya-Thomas. One of his greatest wishes while
alive was that the family should continue the
sponsorship of the tournament after his demise,
we should therefore like to give God all the glory
for giving us the ability to continue this noble
legacy for the third year running since he was
called to glory,” Okoya-Thams said.
22 titles will be competed in the cadet, junior
and senior categories while the para events will
also be part of this year’s edition.
From Monday November 27 to December 1, table
tennis players across Lagos will converge at the
Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun
Stadium for the championship.
For the Chairman, Lagos State Sports
Commission, Kweku Tandoh, the unflinching
support of the late philanthropist to sports
development in the state.
“The state will remain grateful to Chief Molade
Okoya-Thomas for his support to sports
development particularly as some of the top
table tennis in the country came through the
tournament to become national stars. We are
happy that the xchildren continue to nurture the
legacy of their father and we hope we can
continue to support them in their quest to
compliment the efforts of the government to use
sports to empower youths,” Tandoh said.
The most successful player in the tournament,
Oladele Sumbo aka Malawi commended the
family for keeping faith with the tournament
while urging young players in the state to hone
their skills through the tournament.

Three years after the demise of its financier, the
annual Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Cup
continues to grow in leaps and bounds as the
family of the late business mogul, Molade Okoya-
Thomas on Thursday November 23 unveiled plans
to stage a befitting 49 edition.
Also, a peep into what to expect in the
50 anniversary of the longest running sports
competition in Nigeria was hinted at the press
briefing to herald the kick off of this year’s
edition.
According to Ayodeji Okoya-Thomas, this year’s
marked the third edition of the tournament after
the death of their father, while the family
expressed appreciation to the Lagos State
Government for their unflinching support to the
tournament since its inception in 1968.
“this is of course will the third after 46 years
that is not being addressed by the initiator and
sole sponsor of the tournament, Sir Chief Molade
Okoya-Thomas. One of his greatest wishes while
alive was that the family should continue the
sponsorship of the tournament after his demise,
we should therefore like to give God all the glory
for giving us the ability to continue this noble
legacy for the third year running since he was
called to glory,” Okoya-Thams said.
22 titles will be competed in the cadet, junior
and senior categories while the para events will
also be part of this year’s edition.
From Monday November 27 to December 1, table
tennis players across Lagos will converge at the
Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun
Stadium for the championship.
For the Chairman, Lagos State Sports
Commission, Kweku Tandoh, the unflinching
support of the late philanthropist to sports
development in the state.
“The state will remain grateful to Chief Molade
Okoya-Thomas for his support to sports
development particularly as some of the top
table tennis in the country came through the
tournament to become national stars. We are
happy that the xchildren continue to nurture the
legacy of their father and we hope we can
continue to support them in their quest to
compliment the efforts of the government to use
sports to empower youths,” Tandoh said.
The most successful player in the tournament,
Oladele Sumbo aka Malawi commended the
family for keeping faith with the tournament
while urging young players in the state to hone
their skills through the tournament.

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