Segun Toriola to quit national team after 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Multiple title winning table tennis player, Segun Toriola has revealed that he will be quitting the national team for the younger generation after 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games.

Speaking with on Tuesday after emerging from the doping control station at the Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja said he will continue to play tennis at a professional level but not for the country.

“I am trying to qualify for the next Olympics and I will quit from the national team,” he declared.

Toriola who emerged as the first gold medalist in the men’s single Table Tennis event for Akwa Ibom state defeated Ganiu Ashimiyu of Bayelsa state 4-1 at the ongoing 19th National Sports Festival.

Speaking further, the Olympics star said he is participated in this Festival to encourage younger players.

“What is the essence of producing a national champion if he is not a better player?

“When I was younger, I wasn’t scared of the older players then. The more we played with them, we got better,” he said.

He has however berated the organisers of the festival for its shoddy preparation and organisation.

“This festival is the worst of all the festival I have participated in. most of the states are not showing up as well as the athletes.

“National Sports Festival is very important because thus where talents are discovered. This time around, everything is so dull,” he concluded.

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