Nigeria’s best performing female table tennis player at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Offiong Edem has urged the ministry of Youth and Sports Development to give more support to athletes some years before the Olympic Games.
Edem caused an upset in the first round of the women’s singles with a 4-1 win over Hungary’s Dora Madarasz but was shown the exit in the second round by American Lilly Zhang.
Yet the Spanish-based player said she was happy with her display at Tokyo, describing it as her best outing at the Olympic Games.
“I am happy with my performance especially after winning my first match against a highly-rated player from Hungary and this showed that with enough support and preparation, I can go further at the Olympic Games,” Edem told NationSport last night.
She added: “I think other athletes from Europe and Asia are not as talented as some of us in Nigeria and Africa but the only different is the quality of support they get before and during the Olympic Games. Some of us start fending for ourselves before major events because we lack the needed support for training and competition across the world.
“Those in charge of our sports need to support, we have the talents but the needed support is lacking