by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer
Notably in preparation for the quadrennial event he has competed on the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour in both Hungary and Qatar.
“This will be my first time participating in the Commonwealth Games and I pray it won’t be my last by the special grace of God. I feel so excited, happy and motivated to being called to represent my country at such a big event, for me it is an honour.” Olajide Omotayo
Based in Italy Olajide Omotayo believes the experience gained on the ITTF World Tour will be invaluable in Australia.
“I have been preparing more than a year now by attending major ITTF World Tours to gain more experience and get the opportunity to see so many top players which I might face at the Games. I started January 2017 when I was ranked no.532 and now I am rated no. 207 in the world. It is now time to put all I have learned into play at the Commonwealth Games.” Olajide Omotayo
Furthermore, the 22 year old former national junior champion is optimistic for the Men’s Team with the presence of Quadri Aruna and experienced Segun Toriola.
“My target is to win medals at the Games as well as make my country and team proud. I am lucky to be part of a great team which has experience and youth. I am really looking forward to a good outing at Gold Coast.” Olajide Omotayo
The Nigeria team for Gold Coast is considered one of the favourites in the Men’s Team event; the team comprises Quadri Aruna, Segun Toriola. Bode Abiodun and Jamiu Azeez who like Omotayo is making his debut at the Games.