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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.

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.

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.

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.