BY PRINCESS CHUKWUEMEKA
Africa’s best table tennis player at Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Aruna Quadri will lead his compatriots – Segun Toriola, Edem Offiong and Olufunke Oshonaike for an improved rating when the September ITTF ranking is released this weekend.
Ranked 40th before the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil and seeded 27 in the men’s singles, Quadri’s heroic performance against some of the world’s best including former world number one, Germany’s Timo Boll will count for the Nigeria when the new ranking is made known by the world table tennis ruling body.
Already listed among the top 20 players in the world that will compete at this year’s ITTF Men’s World Cup in Germany, the Oyo State-born star will be aiming for another record ranking as he had already been rated 25 in the world based on his performance in Brazil. But the September ranking may move Quadri higher.
Also, a member of the ITTF Club 7, Segun Toriola will also benefit from the ranking after his first round win over Czech Republic’s Dmitrij Prokopcov, who was rated higher than the Nigerian.
The Czech was rated 79th but he was shown the exit by Toriola, who was ranked 120 in the world. What would have been another big win for Toriola was thwarted by 22nd ranked Japan’s Niwa Koki in the third round with a 4-2 win.