Kasali Lasisi Academy takes table tennis to schools


Kasali Lasisi Table Tennis Academy has concluded arrangements to partner Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development to discover talents in both primary and secondary schools in the state.

Frowning Nigeria's poor show at the just concluded XXXI Olympaid in Rio, especially in table tennis, the founder of the Academy, Coach Kasali Lasisi said that part of the ways to revise the trend was to broaden talent discovery platforms, especially at the grassroots, with schools serving as veritable stage.

He said that his academy has mapped out plans on how to engage interested students and pupils on the basics of the sport after school hours and through holiday coaching, beginning from next month.

Lasisi explained that the programme will first capture schools in Ilorin, and will gradually spread to all other Local Government Areas in the state, with the assistance and support of the Local Governments Councils, corporate individuals and organisations.

He therefore, appealed to well-meaning Kwarans and others to support the academy by donating equipment and kits, as well as sponsor competitions to expose the talents discovered.

Lasisi, who is the first Nigerian to win the Men's Singles title in table tennis in 1976, commended the state government, under the leadership of Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development and the Sports Council for their support.

Kasali Lasisi Table Tennis Academy was introduced by the former Nigerian Captain in table tennis in 2014, and has since produced players that are already doing the state and nation proud at the junior level.

The academy will be formally launched before the year runs out.
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