The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has pledged support for Cadet (11) world number one, Musa Mustapha, his brother Mustapha Mustapha and world young table tennis champions Usman Okanlawon.
The commitment to support these young table tennis players is through the Talent Hunt Programme to enable them to win more laurels for the Nigeria.
The minister assured these young players on Thursday when he received the three table tennis champions, who were led by the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, Ishaku Tikon.
‘’We are excited because our emphasis on other sports is paying off. I’m thrilled that Nigerian athletes are performing excellently well. Nigeria is proud of your performance, which is an indication that our grassroots sports development is on a progressive chart,” Dare stated.
“The Talents Hunt Programme of the ministry will adopt and support the Mustapha brothers and Usman Okanlawon. They will be supported anytime they are to take part in competitions. They will be closely monitored so that they can continue to excel.’’
He attributed the performances of Okanlawon, silver medalist in the U-15 Youngsters Contender Series and the Mustapha brothers 11th and 14th ITTF rankings as a testament of their immense talents.