Why Nigeria's Paralympians missed out on Tokyo medals in table tennis -Koleosho

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Ahmed Koleosho, one of Nigeria’s Paralympians to the Tokyo 2020 Games, on Tuesday explained what led to Team Nigeria not winning a medal in the singles events of para-table tennis.

Koleosho told NAN in Lagos that he and his teammates did not get to the podium because of their respective event’s technicalities.

“It was not out of our inability. Also, it was not that the opponents we faced at the Games were of superior abilities,” he said.

NAN reports that Koleosho and his partner, Isau Ogunkunle, failed in their bid to reach the semi-finals of the team event when they lost to a French duo in the quarter-finals.

The Nigerian duo lost 0-2 to the French pair of Florian Merrien and Nicolas Savant in the men’s team Class 4 to 5 event.

They had earlier lost 1-2 to the Argentine pair of Gabriel Copola and Mauro Depergola in the same event.

Koleosho, a 35-year-old Law graduate, said Team Nigeria to the Paralympics gave their all in Tokyo and achieved emphatic victory over top-rated stars, especially in table tennis.

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