The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) have confirmed the qualification standing of Nigeria’s prime participant, Quadri Aruna for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
In a letter addressed to the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) and singed by ITTF Competition Director Gabor Felegyi, Aruna who’s the primary African within the historical past of the Olympic Games to make it to the quarter-final stage of the singles occasion will be part of 85 others throughout the globe to compete within the males’s singles occasion at Tokyo Olympic Games subsequent month.
“It is with great pleasure, I advise the qualification of Quadri Aruna to compete in the table tennis Men’s Singles event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, on the basis of World Ranking allocation according to the June 2021 ITTF Olympic Qualification Ranking,” Felegyi said.
The NOC is anticipated to verify Aruna’s participation on or earlier than June 16.
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With this growth, Aruna will probably be making his third look on the Olympic Games having featured in London 2012 and Rio 2016 and he’ll be part of his compatriots – Olajide Omotayo, Olufunke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong to compete within the singles occasion at Tokyo.
It was at Rio 2016 in Brazil that the Nigerian shocked the world together with his efficiency, changing into the primary African to achieve the quarterfinal after edging out a few of the finest gamers on the earth together with former world primary, Timo Boll of Germany earlier than shedding to the eventual winner, Ma Long of China within the quarterfinal.
An excited Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of NTTF, Ishaku Tikon mentioned he has been proved proper with the affirmation by ITTF because the exploits of Aruna within the final two years have been sufficient to safe a spot for him in Tokyo.
“When Aruna got injured during the African Qualifying tournament in Tunis last year, I told the world that he will make it to Tokyo as he is ranked among the top 10 in the Olympic ranking. Despite the setback in Tunisia, Aruna did not relent in his performance and for me I am so excited as a Nigerian because his qualification will surely motivate others to look up to him and aim for the best in Tokyo,” Tikon mentioned.
Already 64 gamers have been confirmed for the lads’s singles occasion whereas the remaining six slots will probably be allotted as wildcards.