John Oyebode, a Nigerian-born Italian table tennis player, representing Italy at Seamaster ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open, holding at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
John Oyebode said his decision to play for Italy is to associate himself with the numerous opportunities available in the Italian table tennis circuit.
Oyebode, who has two gold medals in the Cadet event of the 2017 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Italian Junior and Cadet Open, that his decision was already yielding results.
“I believe that playing for Italy is the right choice for me and I don’t have any regrets about it so far.
“The system over there supports players in all areas and gives room for development in both sports and education.
“Also, there is regular sponsorship to go for training tours and participate in major international competitions to enhance players skills and welfare and many more benefits too numerous to mention,’’
“My aspiration is to be among the top 10 players in the world.”
John Oyebode’s Father, Michael Oyebode a Nigerian sportsman who was part of the Nigerian coaching crew to the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil,