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31 Mar 2017

Table Tennis Player Slumps And Dies While Training In Kwara State

Timothy Abiara, on
Thursday in Ilorin slumped and died while training at the table tennis hall of the State
Stadium Complex.

The News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) reports that Abiara represented the state at both the 2011 and 2012 editions of the
National Sports Festival in Port Harcourt and Lagos.

Abiara died during a game with another player, suddenly holding his chest and shouting, with
those watching the game thinking he was
reacting to a lost point.
He was confirmed dead at the State General
Hospital, where he was rushed to.

NAN recalls that late Abiara, who hails from
Ogbomoso in Oyo State, was a fashion designer
by profession, and was aged 45.
He was survived by a wife and four children.
The State Commissioner for Sports, Kale Ayo,
described the situation as pathetic, even as he
commiserated with the family of the deceased.
The State Director of Sports, Tunde Kazeem,
who also confirmed the athlete’s death, described it as a sad and unfortunate situation.
He however charged other athletes to always
embark on regular medical check-ups. (NAN)

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