Kwara State athletes dominated in the table tennis event, winning the highest number of medals in the event at the 3rd edition of the ongoing National Youths Games (NYG) holding at the University of Illorin, Kwara State with three gold, two silver and one bronze medals.
Ondo State emerged runners up with two gold medals, while Imo State came third with one gold. Kano, Oyo and FCT got one silver and one bronze each, while Osun, Delta, Kogi and Ogun had one silver, five bronze, two bronze and one bronze medals respectively.
In the boys singles final played on Wednesday, Mati Taiwo (Ondo) picked the gold medal while Habib Olamilekun (Kwara) took the silver leaving the bronze medals for Kareem Ahmed (Delta) and Zakari Idris (Kogi).
In the girls finals, Rofiat Jimoh (Kwara) and Ayelabegan Shunkurat (Kwara) took the gold and silver respectively while Falana Iyanuoluwa (Kwara) and Olawole Habibat (Delta) took the bronze medals.
For the girls doubles, Falana Iyanuoluwa/ Ayelabegon Shunkurat (Kwara) and Zainab Suma/David Grace (FCT) picked the gold and silver medals respectively while Habibat Olawole /Awo Chijiogo (Delta) and Hakeem Sadiat (Oyo) picked the bronze medals.
In the boys doubles, Mati Taiwo /Olorunda Akomolafe (Ondo) and Okolanun Usman/Hakeem Moyis (Oyo) picked the gold and silver medals respectively while Umar Ibrahim /Idris Zakari (Kogi) and Baje Abdulrasheed /Binuyo John (FCT ) picked the bronze medals.
In the para tennis Boys singles, Owocha Amarachi (IMO) and Dauda Shikurat (Kano) picked the gold and silver respectively, while Akankpe Bisoye (Ogun) and Okafor Precious (Delta) went home with the bronze medals.
For the para tennis girls, Igioye Emma (Kwara) and Taiwo Mojid (Ogun) picked the gold and silver medals respectively, while Obadele Ayobami (Delta) and Jimoh Lateef(Kano) picked the bronze medals.
Speaking on the performance, Coach of the overall winners Kwara State, coach Kehinde Aiyelabegan attributed their winning to the help of God, their governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and a NTTF board member from the state shola Owolabi who has always supported them and above all the commitment and dedication of the players.
He disclosed that Kwara state has dominated the boys and girls table tennis in the country for the past three years.