Lagos – Some table tennis athletes at the ongoing Lagos State Table Tennis Association 2012 Club League holding at the Mobolaji Sports Hall, Yaba have decried the poor lighting at the venue.
Some of the athletes participating at the league complained to reporters on Thursday in Lagos, about the poor illumination of the sports hall and its slippery floor.
Ms Sidi Sumonu, the Team Captain of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) female team said that the poor lighting had been affecting their performance.
“A good table tennis hall should be well illuminated but here it is not since we started this league.
“We need bright lights in a hall like this. The poor lighting has been affecting our play,” she said.
She urged the organisers of the competition to quickly act on their complaints to ensure a smooth competition.
Tolu Durosimi-Etti of J 30 Table Tennis Club said, “there is a need to brighten the light in the hall for the athletes to see.’’
Durosinmi also complained of the slippery floor which causes the athletes to fall in the course of playing.
Kazeem Adeniyi, the captain of Union Bank of Nigeria male teams said that the facilities at the Mobolaji Sports Hall were inferior to the one provided by the management of their club for training.
“We cannot compare the facilities here with the ones provided by the owner of our club. We have enough facilities to train plus good incentives,” he said.
In his response to the complaints raised by the athletes, Mr John Peter, the Technical Director of the Association told reporters that the hall would soon be renovated.
“Let the athletes bear with us, the hall will be refurbished soon and all these facilities would be turned around,” he said.
The league which entered its fifth week holds every Thursday at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba.
Eleven male and 10 female clubs are participating in the league with two players per team. (NAN)