Oshoniake tasks former stars on grassroots development

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For more than two decades, Olufunke Oshonaike has given her all to table tennis that she is at present the most decorated female table tennis player in Africa having won more medals at the African Games than any player in the continent.
She turned back the clock recently in Agadir, Morocco when she reclaimed the women singles title at the 2016 ITTF African Championship -a title she last won in 2003.
However, the Germany-based star believes former athletes have roles to play to help the growth of the sport in the continent.
To this effect, she decided to organize a clinic for junior players in Nigeria and this she started on Monday February 27 in Lagos.
“This is just my own way of giving back to the society where I gained from and I think former athletes like me should see what they can do to help various sports to grow in their various countries. We cannot just be complaining by not helping out and it is high time former players supported their various sports. But in Nigeria, I must say that the harsh economic weather has not helped the government to do much to the sport but we (former players) can see what we can do to help.”

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