Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has just displaced Omar Assar of Egypt to become Africa’s number one table tennis player according to a release by the International Table Tennis Federation on Sunday.
According to the latest rankings as released by ITTF, the Nigerian, Aruna Quadri have moved from the 37th place he was previously occupying to becoming among the top 30 best players in the world.
His upward move is associated with his success at the ITFF Africa Top 16 Cup which was held in Sudan and also due to his near excellent performance at the just concluded ITTF World Championships where he was defeated just once.
This ranking may mean that he may be in the next Olympic games billed to hold later this year in Rio de Janierio, Brazil.
In third position in Africa is six times Olympian Segun Toriola who is ranked 116 in the world.
Sixth on the continent is Portugal-based Bode Abiodun, who is currently rated 185 globally.
In a related development the president of African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, confirmed 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.