Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Omotayo knocked out of men’s table tennis singles event


Olajide Omotayo on Saturday in Tokyo crashed out of the men’s table tennis singles event of the ongoing 2020 Olympic Games.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Omotayo was humiliated with 0-4 defeat by Tiago Apolonia of Portugal.

Apolonia made light work of his performance as he thrashed Omotayo in four straight sets 11-7 11-9 11-6 11-5 in the preliminary round of the event.

NAN reports that Omotayo’s defeat meant that a total of six Nigerian athletes have crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics by the end of the official Day One proceedings.

Earlier, Esther Tamaramiyebi Toko (rowing), Olufunke Oshonaike (table tennis), Uche Eke (artistic gymnastics) and the duo of Godwin Olofua and Anuoluwapo Opeyori (badminton) were eliminated in their various events’ preliminary round.

Only one athlete, Offiong Edem (table tennis) progressed to the next round of the women’s table tennis singles event after she thrashed her Hungarian opponent Dora Madarasz 4-1 in the preliminary round.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which kicked off officially with the opening ceremony on Friday is expected to end on Aug. 8.