16 Apr 2019

A debut in 2007 in Zagreb, two years ago in Düsseldorf a second round exit when beaten by Denmark’s Jonathan Groth, Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna is very much at the spearhead of Africa’s challenge at the forthcoming Liebherr 2019 World Championships.

Proceedings commence in Budapest on Sunday 21st April.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Currently the 30 year old is listed at no.23 on the men’s world rankings and is thus one of the seeded players, he has arrived in the Hungarian capital city where he is practising in preparation for the ensuing tournament.

“I am getting myself prepared for the Championships in Budapest but I must fight my way back from the injury I had at the Portugal Open. Of course I will give 100 per cent effort to be well prepared and see how it goes; by God’s grace I will stay in Budapest for my final preparation for the few days before the beginning of the tournament.” Quadri Aruna

Now one of the more experienced players on the international stage, Quadri Aruna is looking forward to the challenge but is somewhat cautious.

“Just like I said, I am still fighting with an injury and I hope to be back fully fit in a few days. I will be 100 per cent ready as a professional and I hope to have great days in Budapest. I always set the same objectives; like all other participants I pray to have a better draw than in my previous world events. I hope and pray to go far better than my previous outings in world events.” Quadri Aruna

Goals not necessarily defined but for Quadri Aruna, competing at such tournaments as the Liebherr 2019 World Championships carries a wide ranging significance.

“My targets are to be a great ambassador for my country and represent it in a great way. Also to be a great ambassador for my partners and sponsors and give my 100 per cent best in all my events. I will be very happy if I can do better than my previous outings but I must acknowledge that it is going to be very difficult as always for all participants. I hope to have to have a better draw.” Quadri Aruna

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