Team Nigeria Captain for the Tokyo Olympics, Quadri Aruna has been listed among the many prime 15 seeded gamers within the males’s singles of desk tennis occasion which kicks on Friday, July 23 in Japan.
65 gamers will compete within the males’s singles and for being the highest-rated African on the earth, Aruna has been seeded quantity 15 behind Frenchman Simon Gauzy.
The Nigerian has been thought-about as one of many star gamers to be careful for in desk tennis occasion. He will probably be hoping to exceed his quarterfinal end at Rio 2016 in Japan.
Qualified to Tokyo based mostly on his world rating, Aruna will probably be awaiting his first-round opponent when the attracts maintain this week with Egypt’s Omar Assar seeded 28 whereas Aruna’s compatriot- Olajide Omotayo is seeded 49 within the males’s singles.
In the ladies’s singles, six-time African champion, Egypt’s Dina Meshref has been seeded nineteenth whereas Nigeria’s Offiong Edem is seeded 53 among the many 70 athletes competing within the girls’s singles occasion. Record-breaking Olufunke Oshonaike who’s making a seventh look on the gams is seeded sixtieth.
Meanwhile, China’s Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng have been unveiled because the top-seeded entries for the boys’s and ladies’s singles classes.
Making his first look on the Olympic stage in Tokyo, Fan Zhendong, 24, is bidding to develop into the sixth Chinese participant to take house males’s singles gold. Meanwhile, fellow Fan’s compatriot and defending champion Ma Long, who has been named because the quantity two seed, makes an attempt to recapture the magic of 5 years in the past as he defends his extremely sought-after title on the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Seeded third, 18-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto is sure to catch the attention because the ever-improving teenager seems to information Japan to a historic first gold medal within the class.
Also, Brazil’s Hugo Calderano and Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju have been named the fourth and fifth seeds within the males’s singles draw, forward of Sweden’s Mattias Falck, London 2012 bronze medallist Dimitrij Ovtcharov and fellow German icon Timo Boll.
A brand new girls’s singles champion will probably be topped within the Japanese capital with all eyes firmly fastened on two Chinese debutants because the nation seems to make it 9 gold medals in a row. Making the summit of the record, prime seed Chen Meng leads the way in which with Sun Yingsha occupying the speedy place beneath on the record. China additionally leads the way in which in each the Men’s Team and Women’s Team occasions with the sporting powerhouse pursuing a fourth-straight gold medal end in each classes.