Brilliant Brainiacs Bag 2021 Mindgames Scrabble Premier League Division A

Brainiacs - 2021 Mindgames Scrabble Premier League Winner

Brilliant Brainiacs Bag 2021 Mindgames Scrabble Premier League Division A

Brilliant Brainiacs Bag 2021 Mindgames Scrabble Premier League Division A Title As Merry-ers Make Division B History
The curtails of the 2020/2021 Mindgames Scrabble Premier League season were on Saturday in Lagos drawn to a close after winners emerged from the Division A and B of the most glamourous Scrabble Championship in Nigeria.
Team Brainiacs comprising Eta Karo, Emmanuel Ofidi, Ben Quickpen, Godwin Victor, Emmanuel Umujose, and Wawe Tuoyo built an unassailable lead of 41 wins in 55 rounds with a cumulative of 9478 points to claim the 1.5 million naira cash prize.
2019 champions Team Blazers settled for the second place position with a total of 36 wins, 19 defeats, and 5313 cumulative points to earn a sum of 800, 000 naira for their efforts.
Teams Hurricanes, Airpop Alpha, and Bulldozers who placed 3rd, 4th, and 5th received 450,000 naira, 250,000 naira, and 150,000 naira accordingly.
 In other placements, Tekena Drones, Phoenix, Olowoyeye Predators, Gracious Pickers, and Supremes fell into the  6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th  positions respectively while Lekki Bombers and Lusty Seniors were relegated to Division B on the 12-team league table.
Brainiacs’ captain Karo said ” I feel extremely elated and justly joyous. It was not an easy experience. We missed the top position last year and came second. It was very painful so, we went back to the drawing board and came out with a strong formula. We changed two players who were our weak links and replaced them with Ben Quickpen and Emmanuel Umujose who have both represented Nigeria at international events and are rich inexperience. We had to play like every player is am MVP of the team.” 
In Division B, Merry-ers claimed the pole position and won a cash prize of one million naira in the 10-team championship which was introduced this season.
By this victory,  the team has now been promoted alongside Team Indomitables to Division A of the MSPL where they will campaign next season.
Other teams in the second tier are Aries, D’Warriors, Anagrammers, Airpop Falcons, FPC Titans, Encore Flamingoes, Brain Teasers, and High Flyers.
Hakeem Olaribigbe won the newly introduced MGI Patrons Cup which was designed for players who were not involved in the MSPL.
Winners were decorated with their awards at a Gala Night which was attended by the who-is-who in the Scrabble community.
 Victor Godwin of Brainiacs won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
Initiator of Mindgames Scrabble Premier League Lukemon Owolabi speaks on plans for next season.
” I have to give thanks to God and everyone who’s been part of it. This is a championship organized by scrabble players. The key thing here is sustainability and we want to take scrabble to a level where everybody in the country knows about the game. That’s the goal, that’s the dream. So we look into hopefully, in the next two or three years where the winner will be going home with about 20 or 25 million naira. You can take a lot of youth who are unemployed or have criminal tendencies out of the street. Scrabble is a game that can engage you mentally and physically.  We call on corporate sponsorship and support to make the game of scrabble bigger.”
Loense International and Tranos Nigeria limited supported the 2021 MSPL.
Pix 1: Brainiacs
Pix 2: Merry-ers
Pix 3: Hakeem Olaribigbe Patrons Cup winner

Source: Nigeria Scrabble Association

MSPL Top Place Finish Still Possible For Airpop Alpha- Oduwole

Oduwale - 2016 National Champion

MSPL Top Place Finish Still Possible For Airpop Alpha- Oduwole – Scrabble News

As the final round of games to determine the winner of the 2021 Mindgames Scrabble Premier League gets underway from September 17 to 18 this year, Airpop Alpha captain Oduwole believes his team has what it takes to win the Division A title.
The 2016 National champion who is respected for his mastery of the board said he was optimistic his team would finish strongest at the end of the day.
Airpop Alpha is sixth on the 12-team table with  21 victories and 16 defeats and are five games shot of leaders Brainiacs who have 26 successes so far.
Earlier this month, the Lagos-based elite player had an inspiring victory over 2015 World Champion Wellington Jighere in a joust of 15 games, an encounter that was monitored by scrabble enthusiasts all over the world.
He said he was confident his victory over his formidable rival at the much-talked-about “Caging” would be a good morale booster for his team.
“After Matchday One, Tekena Drones were leading the pack but after Matchday 2 and 3 another team took over so, definitely for us to be at the sixth position, mathematically we can still come first or second or at worst third if we have a beautiful run that is going to work for us. That is scrabble” he declared.
“On a good day,” he continued, “a very strong team can go all the way, make the run and utilize the opportunities and grab the maximum position. If we decide not to drop a game and others drop some points, it will be mathematically possible for us to get there” he said.
Oduwole praised his Team Manager Adekoyejo ” The Sheikh” Adegbesan who has invested heavily in their preparations and taking care of the players’ welfare.
The two teams under his wings; Airpop Alpha and Airpop Falcons were moved into a secret luxury location for camping as they strategize for the challenges ahead.
This was after SW10 Apparel was unveiled as the kit’s sponsor of the team. 
Source: Nigeria Scrabble Association

Johar Table Tennis Club

Johar Table Tennis Club

Johar Table Tennis Club

Table Tennis is a global sport loved all over the world and Pakistan is no exception. In the eastern district of Karachi is Gulistan-e-Johar.

In October 2019 the district was blessed with its first table tennis club. Johar Table Tennis Club, founded by the Johar Foundation to help with the development of the children in the district through table tennis.

Johar Table Tennis Club is an open club for every member of the community which saw its inauguration done by Sadia Raheel. 

Johar Table Tennis Club organizes table tennis events to keep the players in the district busy on August 22, 2021, the Johar members competition was organized at DHA.

On the independence day of Pakistan Johar, Table Tennis Club organized another competition. This was mainly due to the excitement from the previous tournament on August 22, 2021.

To support Johar TTC in their activities and to find out more about their programs, contact Farrukh Kamal on the following

Phone : +92 322 202 9401

We at Gh Table Tennis would like to congratulate the Johar TTC for being the first in the Gulistan-e-Johar district.

The Players Tournament

Ibrahim Gado - Juniors Champion

The Players Tournament

Our recent history has been one of sorrow, with several irreplaceable lives lost to the deadly COVID-19 virus. 

The humanity in us is at its highest, with communities engaging in self-help projects to preserve lives and maintain sanity in our communities.

Senior Table Tennis players in Ghana embarked on a self-help project. Table Tennis has provided a source of hope to several Ghanaians. Through the sport, individuals are gainfully employed and as such, they embarked on a crowdfunding project aimed at generating 5,000.00 ghs for a cadet and junior championship named the players tournament.

The Players Tournament was organized on the 28th of August 2021, at the D.J Hathiramani Sports Hall in Accra. This was a mini cadet, cadet, and junior championship which had participation from players across the length and breadth of the country. A total of 180 players were registered, through a google form, which was unprecedented in the history of our cadet and junior championship. 

As a self help-project funded by Senior table tennis players in Ghana, it was imperative that the Ghana Table Tennis Federation lend a helping hand and provide the needed guidance to ensure a successful tournament. 

Ping Sans Frontieres, whose goal is to use table tennis as an educational tool worldwide, saw this tournament as an opportunity to spread its message of education through sports and as such provided sponsorship in the form of table tennis rackets, rubbers, and t-shirts. 

A one-time Ghana national team player Courage Nenevi, who is currently based in Westchester New York, also provided table tennis rubbers and t-shirts to help augment the price package for the players.

There were three categories, namely under 11, 13-15, and 17-19 for both male and female athletes. This ensured an even distribution of players and helped to improve the level of competition. Below are the winners of the maiden edition of the player’s tournament.

Ibrahim Gado - Junior Champion

Ibrahim Gado, confirmed his status as the finest cadet player in the country when he won the juniors title in a keenly contested match between him and James Marfo, which ended in a three games to two ( 3:2) in favour of Ibrahim Gado.

Blessing Labanti, a rising star in the female game in Ghana. A cadet from the Gamashie Table Tennis Club under the coaching of Lord Kinful has won three out of four tournaments, within the last three months, won the cadet U 13-15 female division.

Blessing Labanti - Players Tournament Cadet Champion

The player tournament produced winners. Below are the winners in their glory.

The player’s tournament was an idea led by Lord Kinful, however, through the hard and dedicated work of Francis Frimpong, Ishmael Armah, Charles Techie-Menson and Owusu Ansah who formed the organizing committee the tournament came to fruition.

However, those who deserve the utmost praise are the table tennis players in Ghana who contributed to make the player’s tournament a reality.  Gh Table Tennis would like to thank the contributors to the player’s tournament. They are the true heroes of table tennis in Ghana.

Contributors to the players tournament

Breaking News: ITTF clears Oshodi, others as candidates for VP posts

Wahid Enitan Oshodi

ITTF clears Oshodi, others as candidates for VP posts

ITTF clears Oshodi, others as candidates for VP posts

World’s table tennis ruling body, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), has confirmed Nigeria’s Wahid Enitan Oshodi as one of the candidates for Executive Vice Presidents positions in the November 24 elections taking place in the United States (U.S).

Oshodi, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Sports as well as the erstwhile President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), was in June elected as the Deputy President of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF). He has received massive support from Africa for the upcoming elections in the U.S. based on his exemplary and leadership role in the sport and outside it on the continent. 

In a statement issued by the ITTF, the world body said 17 candidates would contest the eight slots available for the VP positions.

The statement disclosed: “Following a vetting process by the ITTF Nominations Committee, the nominations for the ITTF Executive Committee have been announced to the ITTF Members.

“For the ITTF Executive Vice Presidents (8 positions), they are Nestor TENCA (Argentina), Graham SYMONS (Australia), Alaor AZEVEDO (Brazil), LIU Guoliang (China), Alaa MESHREF (Egypt), Michel GADAL (France), Tony YUE (Hong Kong), Roland NATRAN (Hungary), Behnam HABIBZADEHMOMEN (Iran), Masahiro MAEHARA (Japan), Teddy MATTHEWS (LCA), Wahid OSHODI (Nigeria), Paul KYLE (New Zeland), Khalil AL-MOHANNADI (Qatar), Igor LEVITIN (Russia), Dawoud ALHAJRI (United Arab Emirates) and Virginia SUNG (United States).

Also, Sweden’s Petra Sörling is poised to become the ITTF President after being confirmed as the sole candidate for the position at the organization’s Annual General Assembly (AGM).

ITTF Members will vote to elect the nine ITTF Executive Committee members with the President at the ITTF Annual General Meeting on 24 November 2021 in Houston. The Committee will serve a four-year mandate. The nine elected members will join the ITTF Athletes Commission Chair, Zoran PRIMORAC (CRO), and IOC Member RYU Seungmin (KOR) to form the complete ITTF Executive Committee.

Thirty-five nominations were received for the ITTF Board of Directors (BOD) positions, with 32 expected to be confirmed at the AGM.  Nigeria’s Olabanji Oladapo, who is the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), is expected to vie with others for the BOD posts.

Source: Nigeria Table Tennis  Association