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Quadri becomes 10th best Table Tennis player in the world

Nigeria’s Table Tennis Ace, Aruna Quadri has made another history in his Ping-Pong career by breaking into the world’s Top 10, in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) singles rankings.

Qadiri who is also ranked No.1 in Africa, rose two places in the latest ranking released yesterday to place 10th, in the global ranking; which makes him the first African, Nigerian or black table tennis player to break into the top echelon of the game.

He sits in the illustrious position with 1565 points, aided by his historical display at the World Table Tennis star contender championship in Qatar in March.

The 33-year-old defeated three Chinese players to become the first African player to reach the semi-final of the WTT star contender event.

He has kept rising since he entered the world’s top 15 in September 2021.

Egypt’s Omar Assar, who is the No. 2 ranked player in Africa, gained eight steps up in the ranking to occupy 18th place in the world; while Ahmed Saleh dropped nine steps down to 58th, and Ibrahima Diaw of Senegal is now ranked 61st on the log.

Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo also dropped by 10 steps and is now ranked 99th, while compatriot Bode Abiodun rose to 97th in the world.

In the women’s ranking, Egypt’s Mariam Alhodaby is the highest-ranked African player in the 40th position; while Offiong Edem is Nigeria’s highest-ranked woman in the 89th position, having moved 10 places upward.

Reporting by Chinedum Ohanusi, editing by Daniel Adejo.