by Simon Daish
Seeded first for the Men’s Singles event in Czestochowa Quadri Aruna lived up to expectations, securing the gold medal with a fine display in the final against unseeded Japanese qualifier Kaii Yoshida on Sunday 8th October.
The World no.36 Quadri Aruna, who set a record last year by becoming the first African to reach the quarter-finals of an Olympic table tennis event, continues to impress and Barrister Solomon Dalung is very pleased to see the Nigerian competitor further demonstrate his talent on the world stage.
“Quadri has given us another reason to celebrate with this title… He has reconfirmed that his achievements at the 2016 Olympic Games and the 2017 Africa Cup were not just flukes”, Solomon Dalung.
Next up for Quadri Aruna is a trip to Liege, Belgium to compete at the upcoming Liebherr 2017 ITTF Men’s World Cup where he will battle it out against some of the world’s strongest table tennis stars.
Quadri Aruna secured his spot at the tournament following his victorious campaign at the 2017 ITTF Africa Cup in July and Solomon Dalung believes that the Nigerian competitor could a surprise package in Liege.
“This victory is the morale boost needed ahead of the World Cup. Now, all eyes will be on him. Other players who will be contesting for the world title in Belgium will now see him as a threat and serious contender for the title”, Solomon Dalung.
The Liebherr 2017 ITTF Men’s World Cup is scheduled to commence on Friday 20th October and concludes on Sunday 22nd October.
Source: Daily Trust