The Nigerian side will now slug it out with England for bronze medal, as India will battle Singapore for the gold medal.
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The Nigerian star achieved this for Nigeria in the early hours of Friday in Birmingham.
Quadri, apparently nursing a thigh injury before the game was broken at the sixth set, called for a time out.
Oborodudu, a Commonwealth and 10-time African champion in female wrestling, amongst 12 others benefitted from the grant initiative aimed at providing scholarships and training for elite athletes ahead of the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 games, which was held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that the state intends to achieve the development of talents through a massive investment in sport development, pointing out that the remodelling and rehabilitation of the Lekan Salami Sports Complex and other mini-stadia and training pitches in all zones of the state have begun to yield positive results.
This was disclosed by the Director, FEAD, Dr. Simeon Ebhojiaye, on Friday in a statement.
Aruna, who is ranked 21 in the world, was set up against world number seven in the quarterfinal after his triumph over Joao Geraldo of Portugal in the round of 16 and from the outcome of the tie against the Asian star, it was clear that the Nigerian did not concede defeat easily without giving a fight.
The visitors were on their way to emphatic win, but Quadri’s display changed the tone of the game for the home team as his win against Darko Jorgic 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-2) was what gave TTC hope of a comeback.
How did you meet Aruna Quadri?
I met Aruna at the Abeokuta 2006 National Sports Festival. I was Chairman of Lagos State Table Tennis Association then. It was a festival which allowed professional athletes compete and in the table tennis event, the legend himself, Segun Toriola, was captaining a star filled Ogun State team, including Bode Kayode, Lanre Aremu and Kazeem Makanjuola, who had been members of the Lagos team, but decamped to the host state, Ogun. Having lost many players, we took a young team made up of secondary school students from Lagos to gain experience. But the cynosure of all eyes was the very young mostly unknown boys’ team from Oyo State. They had a fantastic Coach and played with such skill and determination but lost the men’s finals narrowly with Toriola’s experience coming to the fore. Aruna Quadri was one of the young boys and I introduced myself to them and started inviting them to Lagos to play in tournaments and train with our Coaches.
In a statement released by ITTF at the weekend, the Men’s and Women’s World Cups will kick-start the restart on international table tennis competitions after several months of suspended activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nigerian will be making his debut on September 6 for his club, TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell, away to TSV Bad Königshofen, and there have been excitement in Germany over Quadri’s arrival
My first day was here in February when I was introduced. Today is my second day. What I have noticed so far is that very nice people live here. I haven’t seen much of the city yet, but when the league starts, I will definitely get the opportunity to get to know Fulda better.
Quadri joined the German side from Sporting in Portugal and he is expected to lead the team in the prestigious European league for the 2020/2021 season, which serves off next month.
Speaking at the ITTF WTTF Webinar for Africa on Wednesday, the former Olympic and World Champion was excited with the setting up of WTT while hoping that Africa would embrace WTT with more super stars emerging from the continent.
Quadri, who joined the team in 2016 from GD Toledos, was the cynosure of all eyes as fans and players hailed the Nigerian for his immense contribution to the team.
In a statement issued by the world table tennis ruling body, #TableTennisUnited is aimed at raising fund to support the athletes, coaches, umpires, national associations and field projects who are all in need of a helping hand in these difficult times necessitated by COVID-19.
The rating of Nigeria’s duo of Aruna Quadri and Olajide Omotayo in the April 2020 ranking released by the International Table Tennis Federation has dropped, but Quadri still maintains his status as the highest rated African player in the world.
Following the recurring thigh injury he sustained during the African Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tunis at the weekend, Africa’s best ranked player, Aruna Quadri, has been ruled out of action for three weeks.
The continental table tennis ruling body, African Table Tennis Federation, has insisted that Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri is Tokyo bound based on his world rating.
Following the qualification of the trio of Olufunke Oshonaike, Olajide Omotayo and Offiong Edem for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, Ishaku Tikon, has said the sport in its usual nature has justified its status among all sports in Nigeria.