Asides being the best player in Africa, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has become the first African player to top the ranking list of players in the Commonwealth.
According to the ranking list released by the Technical Committee of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation (CTTF), Quadri who has been playing second fiddle to players from Singapore became the highest rated player among players from the Commonwealth nations.
Among the 277 players listed in the ranking, Quadri garnered 2385 points to beat Singapore’s Gao Ning, which has 2384 to second place. England’s Pitchford Liam has 2277 points to occupy third spot on the ranking list.
Africa’s most decorated player, Segun Toriola is ranked 12th with 2014 points behind players from India, Canada and England. Also Bode Abiodun is ranked 22nd with 1822points.
Prior to the May ranking, Quadri has been playing second fiddle to Gao Ning and as it is Quadri remains the best player among the players from Commonwealth nations.
Quadri also showed his quality in the French league when he aided his team, Jura Morez to remain in the elite division of the prestigious French Table Tennis League.
In the women ranking, no Nigerian made the top 20 list as Edem Offiong and Olufunke Oshonaike were ranked 23rd and 26th respectively.
The Commonwealth observer mission to Nigeria’s general elections says it would not deploy any observer to north-east Nigeria despite the progress made by the Federal Government to restore security in the region.
The Chairperson of the group and former President of Malawi, Dr Bakili Muluzi, said that the Commonwealth mission would not take any risks, but get the information required from other bigger observer groups, as the security situation there remains a challenge.
Dr Muluzi said that the Observer Group would deploy its members across the country to witness the conclusion of the election campaigns, observe voting, counting, results, check the conditions available for credible elections and freedom for voters to exercise their franchise.
The Commonwealth Observer Group to Nigeria for the elections, starting this weekend is a high-powered 10-man delegation; consisting mainly of current and former African leaders and lawmakers, serving members of National Electoral Commissions from around Africa, led by the former President of Malawi, Dr Bakili Muluzi.
Dr Muluzi told a news conference in Abuja that their duty is only to observe and make recommendations towards improving democracy in Commonwealth nations.
He also said that observers would not take the risk of going into the north east where the Nigerian military is still battling the insurgents.
The Commonwealth Observer Group has a mandate to observe and consider the various factors affecting the credibility of the electoral process and determine whether the elections is conducted according to the standards for democratic elections.
This will be done alongside other observer missions such as ECOWAS, European Union and the National Democratic Institute.
Citizens of Commonwealth countries may soon enjoy a significant ease in travel restrictions to fellow Commonwealth nations.
During an official visit to Nigeria, the Secretary-General of the organisation, Kamalesh Sharma announced a proposal for visa-free regime for commonwealth citizens at the next Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka.
Channels Television’s correspondent Gloria Ume-Ezeoke completes the report in the video below: