LAGOS, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- A table tennis coach in Nigeria, Olubode Ajayi has emphasized the need for adoption of grassroots strategy in the development of table tennis in the country.
Speaking to Xinhua at the ongoing Lagos International Table Tennis Classics, Ajayi, the head coach of table tennis in southwest Nigeria's Ekiti State, said identifying the youth at the grassroots would help to keep the youth off social vices.
"I discovered my player, Tosin Oribamise, at the age of seven and now she is 13 and doing the country proud," he said.
"I am happy that I was able to discover her at such an age. Discovering them at this young age is what coaches nationwide should adopt," he added.
The coach said it was not enough to identify talents and not to monitor them, saying that coaches should go into interior parts of their states to fish out talents.
According to him, many coaches are trying to move into the grassroots now because of the importance of catching them young.
The Lagos International Table Tennis Classics has been scheduled to run from Aug. 26 to Aug. 31.