The International Table Tennis Federation has described Nigeria’s Segun Toriola as a global brand that deserved honor by the world table tennis ruling body. This statement was made in Rio de Janeiro after he was officially inducted into the 7 Club of the Olympic Games. The celebrated Nigeria table tennis star is featuring in his seventh Olympics.
At the event organised to honour the most decorated table tennis player in Africa, ITTF President, Thomas Wiekert, said he believes the feat achieved by the Nigerian should be an inspiration to athletes across the world particularly in Africa.
At the colourful presentation held at the Riocentro Pavilion 3 in Rio, Toriola was joined by three other stars that have also competed in seven Olympic Games. They are Zoran Primorac (Croatia), Jörgen Persson (Sweden) and Jean-Michel Saive (Belgium).
The presentation was held before the first round match in the men’s team event between Nigeria and China. Wiekert said, “On behalf of the ITTF, I would like to congratulate Segun Toriola on his 7th Olympic appearance. This is a fantastic achievement and one that needs to be celebrated. We have enjoyed watching you play and we look forward to watching you more.”