Team Nigeria Begins Campaign at WJC, AJCC in Ghana

first_imgThe contingent will begin campaign at the WJC with the aim of amassing global ranking points as well as test their might ahead of the AJCC which serves off on April 7.Solanke who is the only Nigerian seeded in the boys’ singles will be aiming for the title having featured in previous editions of the WJC without making it to the podium.Solanke will compete alongside Augustine Emmanuel and Abayomi Animashaun will compete in the junior boys’ team event which serves off today April 1, while the quartet of Jamiu Ayanwale, Taiwo Matti, Musa Mustapha and Mustapha Mustapha will compete in the boys’ cadet team event.Vivian Oku, Rofiat Jimoh and Iyanuoluwa Falana will slug it out in the junior girls’ team while Sukurat Aiyelabegan and Sadiat Akeem will compete in the cadet girls’ team event.Besides the team event, the players will battle for honours in the singles and doubles events of the WJC.The AJCC serves as qualification for the 2019 World Junior Championship holding later in the year and Nigeria will be returning after missing the last two editions in Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire.Also, the team will be aiming to dethrone defending champion – Egypt in Accra next week.Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) promised an exciting tournament being the first time the West Africa will be staging an international table tennis tournament in the last 16 years.According to Ghana Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, Ghana would host a befitting tournament. “We are grateful to ITTF and ATTF for choosing Ghana as host of these important competitions and for us we are excited that this is in line with our ideals of growing all sports from grassroots levels. We have been working hard to revive our school sports because we know we have the potential to be among the best in sports. I am also using this opportunity to charge the Ghana Table Tennis Association to focus on schools across the country to be able to discover new talents that will make our country proud at the 2023 African Games which we are hosting,” Isaac Asiamah said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A 12-man Team Nigeria contingent will this morning begin campaigns at the ITTF World Junior Circuit (WJC) and African Junior and Cadet Championship (AJCC) holding in Accra, Ghana from April 1 to 13.There are 10 other nations competing against Nigeria at the WJC which serves off this morning to 5 at the Sports Emporium in Accra, Ghana.National junior champion, Azeez Solanke leads 11 others to the WJC and AJCC.last_img read more

Waterloo man’s mobile barber shop is now legal

first_imgDES MOINES — A ceremony Tuesday on the statehouse steps has erased the final hurdle to a Waterloo barber’s dream.“It’s the man of the hour!” Governor Kim Reynolds said to William Burt.Reynolds then sat down at a table and signed a bill into law, so Burt’s mobile barber shop can take off.“We’re here today because of the determination and the passion of William Burt,” Reynolds said. “He had a really good idea to serve his community, to bring his mobile barber shop to underserved people in the city of Waterloo, children of low-income households, veterans with disabilities or really anyone without access to a barber.”State regulations had required barber shops to be in a fixed location. Burt discovered that impediment after turning a mini-bus into a mobile barber shop, so he began lobbying legislators to make that change.“It’s definitely an exciting moment,” Burt told reporters. “I’m happy that we can go to work now in the state of Iowa. We are mobile.”The bill got unanimous support from the House and the Senate this year. One lawmaker yelled, “make a million dollars!” as a group gathered for the bill signing cheered.Governor Reynolds talks to William Burt at bill signing.“Keep telling your story,” Reynolds said. “That’s an important piece of this.”The governor has praised Burt for turning his life around. After being in prison, he got an undergrad and graduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and is a business owner. Representative Ras Smith of Waterloo said Burt’s story is a beacon to others.“If you try hard, if you work through, no matter what barriers are put in front of you, you can still achieve something that’s great,” Smith said.Smith, one of the lawmakers who guided the bill through the legislature, said this is just the beginning for Burt.“I know he’s not going to wrap himself up in the personal accolades, but I will shower the praise because I think it’s important to understand somebody who just over 10 years ago was incarcerated…and is here, right outside the capitol,” Smith said. “Come on, brother, that speaks more than any words on paper can ever, ever do for our community.”Senator Dan Zumbach of Ryan guided the bill through the Senate after hearing about Burt’s predicament.“This gentleman needs to be able to do what he wants to do and government’s in his way. I’m an agriculture guy and I don’t know anything about the haircutting business, but I know you do and I was in a position to help you out and that’s why we ran with it,” Zumbach said.Burt replied: “Man, you guys are going to make me cry. Thank you again.”Zumbach also signed up to get the first haircut in the mobile barber shop, as it was parked outside the capitol.last_img read more