Aruna Quadri Is Africa’s Best Table Tennis Player

QuadriNigeria’s top rated table tennis player, Aruna Quadri, is now Africa’s best and ranked 30th in the latest world rankings.

After months of dominance over Quadri, Egypt’s Omar Assar has been displaced by the 2014 ITTF Star Player who has been in fine form lately.

From the ranking released, Quadri returned to top 30 in the world from the 37th place he occupied in February while Egypt’s Assar dropped to 36 following the defeat he suffered against the Nigerian at the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Sudan.

At the just concluded ITTF World Team Championships in Malaysia, Quadri only lost a match to highly-rated India’s Sharath Achanta while Egypt’s Assar was defeated by lowly-rated players twice at the event. The defeat suffered by the Egyptian is largely responsible for his drop in the ranking.

With this progress, the Nigerian may be on his way to Rio Olympic Games in the men’s event as Segun Toriola also made a triumphant return to the ranking to become the third rated African player in the world.

Toriola, who doubled as player/coach at the ITTF World Team Championship in Malaysia played his heart out to be ranked 116 in the world ahead of Egypt’s El-Sayed Lashin who dropped from 127 to 135.

Also, Nigeria’s Bode Abiodun continued his rise in the ranking as the Portugal-base star is rated 185 to be the sixth rated African player in the world.

According to Olympic team event qualification criteria, the ranking of the three players in each country will determine their eventual qualification for the Olympics.

As it is, Nigerian players are ranked higher than the Egyptians and this was also confirmed by the President, African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, who has said that it is the May ranking of the three top players in Nigeria and Egypt that will decide the eventual team that will qualify for the men’s team event of the Rio Olympic Games.

After the ranking was released, a delighted Quadri said that it is good motivation towards achieving more success in the sport.

ITTF Confirms Lagos Open Prize Money

ITTFWorld table tennis ruling body, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has confirmed the prize money for the 2016 Lagos World Tour.

According to the Director of Competition, Karl Jindrak, the Lagos Open, which is one of the Challenge Series tournaments in the ITTF calendar, will serve off on May the 18th to 22nd at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, with top players from different parts of the world expected to compete at the five-day tournament.

As the highest prize money tournament in the Challenge Series of the ITTF World Tour, players will jostle for $46,000 (about 13.8 million naira) this year with defending champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar making a return to Lagos after the humiliating defeat he suffered against Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri at the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Khartoum, Sudan.

Also, other top players from Egypt who have been part of the championship in the last three years are expected to return to Lagos in their bid to challenge for the prize money.

The ITTF has also listed six events for the competition and these include singles (men and women); doubles (men and women) as well as U-21 boys and girls.

Preliminary entry for the tournament has commenced while the final entry has been fixed for April 18 while no entries will be accepted after midnight on Monday 18th April 2016.

There are indications that top players from Europe and Asia will feature at this year’s tournament as they hope to earn world ranking points as well as make it to the end-of-the-year ITTF World Tour Finals.

Quadri, Toriola Impress In Sudan

ITTF-QuadriNigeria’s Aruna Quadri and Segun Toriola have begun their campaign at the ongoing ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Sudan on a solid note.

Quadri have been impressive in two games already decided on Sunday by dispatching Algeria’s Belkadi Aissa 3-0.

He also kept the impressive form to edge out Togo’s Agbetoglo Mawussi 3-1 to stay top of Group 2.

Toriola, who is seeking an Olympic ticket, beat Togo’s Alassani Soudes 3-0 in his opening match in Group 4 and also went on to defeat Congo’s Idowu Saheed by same scoreline.

Edem Offiong, who is also seeking an Olympic qualification, have so far recorded two victories in her Group to stay top.

Quadri, Toriola To Compete ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Sudan

Segun ToriolaAfrica’s number two table tennis player, Aruna Quadri and six-time Olympian, Segun Toriola as well as Olufunke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong have been confirmed as Nigeria’s representatives at next month’s ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup holding in Khartoum, Sudan.

In the list of qualified players released by the Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Quadri who won the tournament in 2014 in Lagos will battle for the title against his rival, Egypt’s Omar Assar who has remained a threat to the Nigerian rise in the continent.

The tournament scheduled to hold on February 14 to 15 has the top 15 players in the continent including a player from the host country to complete the top 16.

Toriola will join Quadri to cmpete for the laurel in the men’s event while Oshonaike who has already secured a place at this year’s Rio Olympic Games in Brazil will be joined in the women event by Edem Offiong who is at present plying her trade in the Portuguese elite league.

Having claimed three titles in 2015, the Egyptian duo of Omar Assar and Dina Meshref, top the list of invitees for the two-day tournament to be staged at the International Conference Centre in Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan.
Winners in the men and women events will represent the continent at the 2016 World Cups.

The players competing at the event are:

Men: Omar Assar (Egypt), Quadri Aruna (Nigeria), El-Sayed Lashin (Egypt), Saheed Idowu (Congo Brazzaville), Segun Toriola (Nigeria), Idir Khourta (Algeria), Suraju Saka (Congo Brazzaville), Olouwachehoun Guiganfode (Benin), Mawussi Agbetoglo (Togo), Sofiène Boudjadja (Algeria), Adem Hamam (Tunisia), Fessou Lawson-Gaizer (Togo), Alain Patrick Jague Niken Jiotsa (Cameroon), Derek Abrefa (Ghana), Emmanuel Ngwe Nikeng (Cameroon)

Women: Dina Meshref (Egypt), Nadeen El-Dawlatly (Egypt), Han Xing (Congo Brazzaville), Olufunke Oshonaike (Nigeria), Offiong Edem (Nigeria), Sara Hanffou (Cameroon), Islem Laid (Algeria), Lynda Loghraibi (Algeria), Zodwa Maphanga (South Africa), Amma Liobaka (Democratic Republic of Congo), Onyinyechi Nwachukwu (Congo Brazzaville), Cynthia Kwabi (Ghana), Harriet Ntumnyuy (Cameroon), Celia baah-Danso (Ghana), Isabel Albino (Angola).

Egypt’s Omar Assar and Dina Meshref are the defending champions of the competition.