Tournaments

21 Mar 2017

Defeat at the quarter-final stage by China’s Ma Long, the top seed, in four straight games (11-4, 11-2, 11-6, 11-7) on the evening of Tuesday 9th August at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; nevertheless, the efforts of Quadri Aruna have filled the continent of Africa with great pride.

Praise has been received from throughout the continent from distinguished sources; delighted with the achievement.

by Olalekan Okusan, Press Officer African Table Tennis Federation

“I am so happy that Quadri Aruna of Nigeria flies high at the Rio Olympic Games by qualifying to the quarter-final of the Men’s Singles event, setting a precedent for the African Table Tennis Federation. Congratulations all the Table Tennis fans in our continent but I am still hungry for much more tomorrow Inshallah.” Khaled El-Salhy, President of the African Table Tennis Federation

“It is indeed a great moment for Nigeria and our Continent Africa. Viva Africa, well done!! Congratulations to Quadri Aruna and his team, the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation and of course the continent, we should celebrate this outstanding performance,” Farah Hassan Farah, the former President of Djibouti Table Tennis Association.

 “I join millions of Africans all over the world in congratulating Quadri Aruna, Nigeria and the President of African Table Tennis Federation; I believe we are gradually moving closer to our goal of breaking into the medal table in any ITTF competition. It will be sooner than later. Africa will be on the podium; best of luck to all the African players at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.” Olabanji Oladapo, Vice President of the African Table Tennis Federation.

“Congratulations to Aruna, the African Table Tennis Federation and the Nigerian Table Tennis Federation. The most important thing I have noted is the huge progress of our sport reducing the gap between Africa and very developed continents. This is not the case regarding some major sports like football, basketball, judo and many others sports, where the gap is still very deep, best wishes to Aruna.” Balla Lo President of Senegal Table Tennis Federation

Likewise Shady Magdy, the current African Under 21 Men’s Singles champion was full of praise. He offered his congratulations explained that Quadri Aruna had opened doors for Africa.

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