In the prospectus released by the world table tennis governing body, the prize money for the Lagos Tour has also been hiked to $46,000 (N8.3m) while six events will be jostled for by players across the globe.
The events – Men’s single, women’s single, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, U-21 boys’ singles and U-21 girls’ singles.
Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium will host the five-day tournament while the final entry for the tournament has been fixed for February 18.
Algeria’s Nabil Almamoon has been named as the referee while his compatriot, Mounir Bessah is the competition manager.
It stated: “According to the 2015 Directives and SSI for World Tour, we have to limit the number of entries to players in total. Only the final entries are taken into consideration by the organisers and the Competition Manager for the participation of your players. An association can enter a maximum of 24 direct entries (6 players by category: MS, WS, U21 boys and U21 girls). If no U-21 event is played an association can enter a maximum of 12 direct entries. The host association can enter a maximum of 48 direct entries (12 players by category: MS, WS, U21 boys and U21 girls).”
“If no U-21 event is played the host association can enter a maximum of 24 direct entries. No association can have more than 6 players entered in the doubles event except the host association (12 players) if the Doubles event is played at this tournament. The additional entries will be put on a waiting list and accepted depending of the total number of entries,” the prospectus said.