Tosin Oribamise, who lost to Fatimo Bello in the final of the just-concluded National Women Open, has blamed her loss on inadequate preparation.
Oribamise told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday that she was occupied with studies at the expense of her training.
The undergraduate of the Ekiti State University, however, described the winner as fantastic.
NAN reports that 64 players participated in the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF)-organised National Women Open held at the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium from June 27 to June 30.
Oribamise hailed the NTTF Ishaku Tikon- chaired the board for organising the championship, saying that it created a
forum for players to exhibit their skills.
“A winner must emerge in every competition; my opponent, Bello, won the championship.
“Although I missed my target, I will like to congratulate her in the spirit of sportsmanship for a good performance. I am happy for her great achievement.
“Mr. Tikon promised to do something for players. He has started to fulfill that promise by initiating this women open championship which 64 players had the opportunity to play in.
“I am running a degree programme and needed to do my assignments and attend classes.
“I know this commitment is somehow limiting my time for training; I must find a way to balance things,” she said.
In an interview with NAN,. Bello hailed the introduction of the championship, noting that it was the first of its kind by NTTF.
Bello, who got N200,000 prize money, attributed the victory to hard work.
NAN reports that Oribamise went home with N100,000. (NAN)