The second African-Asian-Latin American Friendship Invitation Table Tennis Tournament ended in Lagos, Nigeria, last week (25 July) with China taking four of the nine titles.
The second African-Asian-Latin American Friendship Invitation Table Tennis Tournament ended in Lagos, Nigeria, last week (25 July) with China taking four of the nine titles. The runner up with three titles was North Korea and Japan finished third with two.
One thousand spectators watched the event in the National Sports Hall.
North Korea defeated China for the Women's doubles title, as Pak Yong Ok and Cha Cyong Mi put down their competitors, Li Chang and Hsi Ping.
In the men's doubles Japan's Mitsuru Khono and Katsuyiki Abe defeated Nigerians Babatunde Obisanya and Lateef Sunmola 21-17, 21-16, 21-12. The Nigerians were the only non-Asian competitors to reach the finals. The Japanese athletes received their trophy from Brigadier H.E.O. Adefope, The Nigerian Labour Commissioner and President of the Organising Committee.
In the men's singles competition, China's Liang Ko Liang beat Mitsow Khono of Japan 21-11, 22-20, 19-21, 21-14.
And in the women's singles, China again snatched top honours as Chiang Li beat Cho Hsiang. In this case China couldn't lose because both women are Chinese.
The tournament ended with a colourful display of traditional Nigerian dancing.
The event is planned not only as a sports competition but as a means of encouraging cooperation between the various countries involved. last year the first such competition was held in Peking, China. It isn't the first time Table Tennis has been used as a diplomatic tool. One of the first signs of thaw in united States relations with China came through a table tennis match between the two countries and gave birth to the expression, "ping-pong diplomacy".
Players from 70 nations took part in the tournament including a four man squad from Palestine.