Nigerian boys ‘team has moved one step up in the latest rankings released by the International Table Tennis Federation [ITTF].
The Nigerians were promoted from 18 to 17 after beating New Zealand to win the Classification in the just concluded ITTFWorld Junior Championships in Cape Town, South Africa.
In the girls’ rankings, Nigeria was not lucky as she was demoted from 16th to 18th position, a result of their 3-2 loss to Australia in the world event in South Africa.
Meanwhile, Japan won both junior boys’ and girls’ teams title to break China’s dominance at the championship.
In an exciting final for the Girls’ Team title, a decorated Japanese trio of Rio 2016 Olympic Team Bronze medalist Mima ITO, 2016 Women’s World Cup Champion Miu HIRANO and 2016 ITTF World Tour Australian Open Champion Hina HAYATA ended China’s dream of retaining their hard-earned title from 2015 with a 3-1 victory against the Chinese lineup of SHI Xunyao, LIU Weishan and SUN Yizhen.
The Koreans were the star of the semifinals stage, defeating the defending Chinese team to deny the Chinese entry into the final for the first time in the World Junior Championships’ 14-year history.
The feat achieved by the Japanese team has never been achieved by any other country except China and the year 2016 has been dominated by Japan.