Nigeria’s Olabanji Oladapo has returned as Vice President Administration in the eight-man Executive Board of the Khaled El-Salhy (EGY)-led team of ITTF Africa.
Also, President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi has added another feather as the lawyer has been elected as the Regional Vice President of Western Region at the Bi-Annual General Assembly (BGM) held in Agadir, Morocco.
Oshodi, who is also a Member of the Nominations Committee of ITTF, will be in charge of the Western region which include Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
He is expected to coordinate the activities in this region with the aim of developing table tennis.
Khaled El-Salhy, who became the president of the second largest continental body under the ITTF was elected unopposed while Henry Djombo (CGO), Deputy President; Olabanji Oladapo (NGR), Vice President Administration; Hajera Kajee (RSA), Vice President Marketing; Berte Abou Bakary (CIV), Vice President Finance; Monqid Hajji (MAR), Vice President Media and Public Relations and Balla Lo (SEN), Vice President Technical were all elected unopposed.
For the regional Vice Presidents, Abdennour Kaci (Algeria) takes charge of Northern Region, Wahid Oshodi (Nigeria) is in charge of Western Region, Alfred Bagueka (Cameroon) is for Central Region, Andrew Mudibo (Kenya) to administer Eastern Region and Joe Carrim (South Africa) will take control of Southern Region.
The council members are Kamel Zaitouni (Algeria), Mahmoud Oumar (Djibouti), Jalal Hariz (Libya), Philippe Hao Thyn Voon (Mauritius), Abdelrahman El-Sallawi (Sudan) and Thomas Kiggundo (Uganda).
However, two more co-opted members are expected to be added through the ITTF-Africa Executive Council maiden meeting.
In his acceptance speech, Khaled El-Salhy pledged to uplift the fortune of table tennis in the continent, while calling for more support from national associations. “I am highly honoured to be considered for another term in office and I want to that the congress for their trust and support. We are so ambitious for the future hoping that we can focus on development and marketing of the sport so that we can continue to grow the sport in Africa,” he said.
Countries that staged major competitions were also honoured for their efforts.
Over 18 national associations graced the BGM while the congress also commended Morocco for their efforts to stage a befitting ITTF Africa Senior Championships.
For 2017, Tunisia will host the African Junior and Cadet Championships in April while Congo Brazzaville is considering hosting the ITTF African Cup and Club Championship in July.