Table Tennis: Aruna Quadri leads Team Nigeria to Hungarian Open

Aruna quadri
Aruna Quadri

The highest ranked player in the continent, Aruna Quadri, will be leading four other Nigerian players to the first major International Table Tennis Federation, ITTF World Tour for 2017, Hungarian Open.

The tournament, which will be starting on Thursday, January 19, will run through 22nd in Budapest.

Besides Quadri, other Nigerian players in the tournament are Italy-based duo of Olajide Omotayo and Kazeem Makanjuola and Portugal-based pair of Bode Abiodun, and Ojo Onaolapo.

Nigeria will be presenting the largest number of players.

Also set for action at the Hungarian Open is African Champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar, who will be competing alongside his sibling, Khaled, in the competition.

The $70,000 prize money championship will be kick-started on Tuesday with preliminary matches in the singles and doubles. The likes of Omotayo, Abiodun, Makanjuola and Onaolapo, will start their campaigns from the preliminary stage of the singles and doubles events of the competition.

Quadri will be partnering Omar Assar in the men’s doubles event, Omotayo will pair Onaolapo while Makanjuola will partner Abiodun in the doubles as well.

Over 54 countries are taking part in the four-day championship, with 331 players made up of 220 men and 111women competing in five events – U-21 singles (boys and girls) and singles and doubles (men and women).

Other top playing nations expected to compete in the tournament are China, Germany, Chinese Taipei, England, Portugal, Russia and a host of others.

The tournament serves as a point hauling event for world ranking as well as one of the tournaments that serves as qualification for the end-of-year ITTF World Tour Grand finals.

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