TABLE TENNIS: Quadri becomes first African to crack ITTF Top 15

Quadri Aruna, Nigerian and International Table-Tennis player has set a new African record as the first player from the continent to be ranked in the top 15 in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Ranking.

In the Week 37 ranking released on Tuesday by the world table tennis ruling body, Aruna moved four steps up the ranking ladder.

The Nigerian, who was runner up in the men’s singles of Cameroon 2021 ITTF African Championships, is rated 15 on the log and erased Egypt’s Omar Assar’s record of world number 16, set in January 2018.

Though Aruna lost to Assar 4-1 in the final of the tournament in Cameroon, he still gained ranking points which lifted him to 15, to join the elite club in the world.

In the doubles, Aruna’s partnership with Bode Abiodun which won the men’s doubles in Cameroon lifted them to 20th in the world.

On his part, Assar who emerged the men’s singles champion in Cameroon, gained eight steps up in the ranking at 28, while his compatriot, Ahmed Saleh moved to 47th in the world.

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