Quadri, apparently nursing a thigh injury before the game was broken at the sixth set, called for a time out.
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The new ranking was achieved by Aruna following the approval of the new World Ranking system by the ITTF Executive Committee.
From the 136 votes casted, Oshodi polled 116 to emerge top among the 14 candidates that vied for the office of the Executive Vice Presidents
In a statement issued by the ITTF, the world body said 17 candidates would contest the eight slots available for the VP positions
Oshonaike, who is the first table tennis player in the world and the first female athlete in Africa to attend seven Olympic Games, becomes the first female to be inducted into the Club 7.
In a statement signed by ITTF Secretary General, Raul Calin, the composition of the Nominations Committee chaired by Oshodi for the term 2020-2022 was confirmed at the ITTF Executive Committee meeting held on December 21 2020.
From the 2019 African Championships held in Egypt, which served as the continental qualifiers, five Nigerians picked their tickets after emerging champions in their various classes to secure the automatic tickets to Tokyo.
Aruna Quadri has become the first Nigerian and the second African to make the top 18 ranking in the monthly ranking of the International Table Tennis Federation.
This year’s Nigeria Open will be held from August 9 to 13 inside Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
ITTF and Twitter announced on Wednesday a deal to live stream the ITTF’s 2018 Challenge Series events to a global audience to complement ITTF’s current streaming platform.
This followed Quadri’s narrow loss to unknown Hungarian, Bence Majoros, in the preliminary round.
The deal, signed at the ongoing 2017 ITTF World Cup in Liege, Belgium, is valued at 75,000 dollars and will also boost the player’s preparations ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Having worked their way into the main draw (round of 16) of the prestigious tournament, Quadri’s dream of repeating the 2014 quarterfinal feat was extinguished by Japan’s Jun Mizutani, while Assar met his waterloo against World and Olympic champion, China’s Ma Long.
In his review of the 2017 Polish Open, Marshall wrote: “At the Liebherr 2014 Men’s World Cup in Düsseldorf Quadri Aruna became the first player from Africa to reach the quarter-final stage of the prestigious tournament; just over one year ago in the Men’s Singles event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he replicated the feat. Against all expectations he reached the round of the last eight.
In the seeding list released at the weekend by the International Table Tennis Federation, Quadri, who is ranked 29 in the world, tops the men’s list, while his continental rival, Egypt’s Omar Assar, is number two seed.
The Minister described the feat as a confirmation of the Oyo State born ping pong star’s superiority in Africa and also his emergence
Having conquered Egypt’s Mohamed El-Beiali 4-0 in the semifinal, Quadri showed his class to beat Omar Assar 4-3 in the men’s singles final to the admiration of the fans at the venue.
The ITTF World Tour Coordinator, Emese Barsai, said the team would be led by Algeria’s Abdallah Boudjahem, who will serve as the tournament’s referee
Nigeria Open remains the highest prize money tournament among the ITTF Challenge Series with a purse of $46,000 and the world table tennis ruling body has also named Algeria’s Mounir Bessah as the competition manager
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the world table tennis governing body achieved the milestone of 226 member-associations after the endorsement of its induction of four new countries