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Quadri Aruna Becomes First Black/African In World Table Tennis Top 10


Quadri Aruna continues to break records as the Nigerian has hit the top 10 in the latest ranking released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) on Tuesday May 3, Megasportsarena.com reports. 

The new ranking was achieved by the Nigerian star following the approval of the new World Ranking system by the ITTF Executive Committee.

According to World Table Tennis (WTT), it has been a long time coming for the King of Africa who has finally made it into the Top 10 in the world.

Aruna has truly been mister consistent in both his performances and his participation. The Nigerian has spent the last year notching up a string of finishes inside the top eight, while being one of the most active players on the WTT scene.

“It has included sensational headlines such as taking out China’s rising stars in succession at the 2022 WTT Star Contender Doha and a quarterfinal appearance at the World Table Tennis Championships Finals. It looks like the 33-year-old is just getting started,” said WTT.

With the new ranking, Aruna has become the first African, Nigerian, and black player to be ranked in the top 10 in world table tennis ranking.

In the women’s ranking, Egypt’s Mariam Alhodaby is the highest ranked African female player as the 2021 African champion rose to 40th in the latest ranking while Nigeria’s Offiong Edem gained 10 steps to be ranked 89th.

The ITTF Executive Committee at the weekend approved the latest proposition formulated by the World Ranking Working Group (WRWG).

The new ranking changes came into effect from the “2022 ITTF Table Tennis World Ranking – Week 18”; available on Tuesday May 3, 2022.

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