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In adherence to its commitment to fostering people-to-people friendships, the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria hosted the fifth annual China-NUJ Table Tennis Tournament at the China Cultural Centre in Abuja on Friday. Zhang Yi, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy, emphasized the tournament’s role in strengthening bilateral relationships through sports, commending Nigerians for their demonstrated potential, skills, and interest in table tennis—a sport popular among the Chinese.

Minister Counselor of  The Chinese Embassy, Mr. Zhang Yi delivering his speech at the Tournament

Zhang expressed gratitude to Nigerian journalists, particularly those in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, for disseminating stories that promote China-Nigeria friendship, acknowledging the media’s pivotal role in shaping perceptions and fostering understanding. Osaretin Osadebamwen, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT council, lauded the tournament for creating a relaxed atmosphere for fruitful exchanges between Nigerians and Chinese.

The event saw 53 FCT journalists and 10 Chinese athletes competing across Men’s Single, Women’s Single, and Mixed Doubles categories, culminating in the recognition of winners and runners-up with trophies, medals, and certificates, underscoring the significance of sports diplomacy in nurturing mutual understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

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