To set new Nigeria and Africa records, 42- year-old Nigeria’s Segun Toriola will today in Khartoum at the ITTF Africa Olympics Qualification Tournament begin the chase for his seventh appearance at the multi-sports championship holding in Brazil.

Toriola, who is at present the most successful table tennis player in the continent has won more than 20 individual gold medals at the African Games.

Apart from  winning more medals at the African Games, Toriola, who is also the most decorated player in all continental competitions will be battling for the two slots in the men’s event alongside another ageing star, Nigeria-born Congo Brazzaville’s warlord, Saka Suraju who is also targeting his third appearance at the Olympics.

Also, Nigeria’s Edem Offiong will be hoping to go to the Olympics as she will also be competing in the women event for one of the two slots at stake in their category.

Twenty-eight athletes from Algeria, Ghana, Sudan, Libya, Madagascar, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo DRC, Burundi, Morocco, Tunisia and Kenya will compete for the two slots remaining for men in Africa while 16 will slug it out for the two slots in the women’s event.