By: Ekwi Ajide

It was victory over the weekend for the Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, as they defeated the Chinese side three games to one at the 2019 Table Tennis, Nigeria/China media tournament.

The table tennis tournament, third in the series was in commoration of the independence celebration of both countries which fall on October one.

The Nuj had excelled in the Men’s singles, women’s singles and men’s doubles while the Chinese side took the gift for the mixed doubles.

Earlier in a welcome speech, the Cultural Counselor of the Chinese embassy and Director of China Cultural Centre in Nigeria, Mr. Li Xuda, table tennis is a popular game in China and can be regarded as “Sport of a Nation” In China, since table tennis can be found in train stations, next to offices and rural fields, with people playing the game when ever they take a break or need to kill some time.

He said 2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of the founding of Peoples  Republic of China, and the 48th Anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties between China and Nigeria.

Mr Xuda said strengthening of  friendship and cooperation between the two countries are their priorities for co-hosting the table-tennis tournament with the Leadership newspaper and the NUJ.

In his speech, the Chairman of the Council, Mr. Emmanuel Ogbeche reechoed the desire of a more strengthened bilateral ties which will promote better peace and unity.

He emphasised the preparedness of Journalists to contribute their quota to the economic growth and development of the country.

Winners at the end of the day went home a mobile phone and medals.

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