Nigeria table tennis player Olajide Omotayo is excited about his qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games and cannot wait to be there to represent Nigeria.
“I want to go there and be myself and play at my best because I can only win matches if I play at my best. I know it’s going to be a very good outing, I have been hearing many things about the Olympics and I can’t wait to be there.” Omotayo told The PUNCH.
Omotayo, 25, did also add that nothing but hard work and adequate preparation gave him the qualification to his first-ever Olympic appearance.
“I would say constant practice, after the African Games which I won, helped me in qualifying for the Olympics. I have been practising hard to improve my level and my standard, I have been working so hard.
The reigning African Games champion finished the qualification tournament in Tunisia without blemish, beating all his opponents to finish as the group winner, and which ultimately handed him one of the tickets to Tokyo as one of Africa’s representatives.
He dropped just two games in the course of the qualification, defeating Ivory Coast’s Kizito Oba 4-2 in his opening game, before strolling past Algeria’s Larbi Bouriah and Tunisia’s Kerem Ben Yahia by similar 4-0 scorelines in the other two games.