11 Sep 2017

A fine player in his own right as he proved at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Nigeria Open in Lagos, when he finished in runners up spot in the Men’s Singles event beaten by Finland’s Benedek Olah in the final.

However, wherever he goes, whatever he achieves, 24 year old Khalid Assar is always compared with his elder brother Omar; the young man who on all three occasions since 2014, when present at an open international tournament in Nigeria, has won the Men’s Singles title.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Equally with regards to the world rankings, there is a notable difference; currently, Omar Assar is listed at no.31; Khalid Assar is at no.265 having reached a career high of 214 in June 2016.

Resolute, Khalid Assar is determined to bridge the gap; the comparison with elder brother a situation the graduate of the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport, has become accustomed. It is one he has learned to accept; it is part of life.

Above all he is proud to represent his country and he has worn the colours of Egypt at the biggest sporting event of all. Alongside Omar, he was on duty at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

He spoke to Olalekan Okusan, the ITTF-Africa Press Officer.

“I recently joined a Danish club, having previously played in Torino, Italy. My club is B75 and it is based in Copenhagen.

I know my brother is very popular; I don’t think I can be as popular as him. I just want to continue to work hard and make the top 100 in the world.

Table tennis has been very good for me and I hope I can make the top 100 very soon; my aim is be among the top 50 players in the world and also become African champion in near future.”

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