Victor Anusa, Secretary of the Nigeria Para-Table Tennis Federation (NPTTF) on Wednesday appealed to corporate organisations to assist athletes in their preparations for Factor 40 championships in Morocco.

Anusa told newsmen in Lagos that camping would enable selected athletes to prepare better for the competition.

The championships organised by the International Table Tennis Federation (Para-Table Tennis Division) will take place in November.

“The championships are the final qualifiers for the 2018 World Championships.

“Training has been on but the championships require higher commitment whereby the athletes are expected to be in a closed camp.

“We are making efforts to ensure that athletes come together to train as a team in a closed camp.

“We have communicated this to the authorities, corporate organisations and individuals,’’ Anusa said.

According to the scribe, Nigeria needs more 40 points to get the 80 points it needs to qualify for the 2018 World Championships.

He noted that the forthcoming event would be an opportunity for Team Nigeria to generate the points.

“The athletes really want to go and complete their good work; they need to be supported so that their efforts in the first phase will not be wasted,” Anusa said.

He said that seven athletes – three males and four females – would represent the nation in the championships, adding that they were selected based on their current forms and national ranking.

Anusa said that the athletes were not privileged to be in the national camp during the first phase of the championships and therefore needed a camping opportunity.

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