by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer
Most importantly, Quadri Aruna is ready for the battle to begin.
“So far my preparation for the Commonwealth Games is going on well. I am highly motivated for the Games. I started my campaign in Kenya where I featured in the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup. It was not a bad outing as I made it to the final. I was at the Qatar and German Opens where I did not make it to the main draw. I was a bit disappointed, I did not really play very well but I was satisfied with my performance.” Quadri Aruna
Also, Quadri Aruna has been on duty for Sporting Portugal in the European Champions League and in the National League; likewise competing in high level club competitions has added to his preparation.
“I think my participation in these three major tournaments coupled with competing for my club in the ETTU Champions League and National League means my preparation is really good. I am ready for the Games in Australia,” Quadri Aruna
Notably Quadri Aruna, Bode Abiodun and Segun Toriola remain from the outfit that won bronze four years ago at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games but since play concluded in the Scottish city, a great deal has happened to Quadri Aruna. Very much he is the focus of attention in Gold Coast.
“I know that expectations are high but I will not allow this to disturb me. I am aware of the Indians, the English players and Singaporeans and I also know I am one of the favourites but that does not guarantee a medal in the singles. I going to give my best and play without any pressure. I am aware in table tennis that anything is possible because you can lose or win. However, I am optimistic that something good will happen but nothing is sure.” Quadri Aruna
Anything is possible and in 2002, the first time table tennis was held at the Commonwealth Games, for Nigeria it was possible, Segun Toriola won the Men’s Singles event; it is in the footsteps of his colleague, Quadri Aruna treads.