Nigeria’s leading table tennis player, Quadri Aruna may not return from the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan if statistics are anything to go by, as the Germany-based ping-pong ace has been ranked outside the medals’ zone at the upcoming competition.
Megaspportsarena.com reports that, heading into this weekend’s commencement of action in Tokyo, Aruna is not even placed among the top-10 qualified players, but he is listed within the top 15 seeds in the men’s singles at the Games that begin on Friday.
Although he is now the highest rated African table tennis player in the world, Aruna is seeded number 15 behind France’s Simon Gauzy among a total of 65 competitors in the men’s singles, but he is still hoping to exceed his quarter-final finish of Rio 2016 in Brazil.
Aruna, who could only qualify based on his continental and world ratings, will be awaiting his first round opponent when the draws hold in the coming hours, with slots also set to be taken by Egypt’s Omar Assar, who is seeded 28, and Olajide Omotayo at 49.
In the women’s singles, six-time African women champion Egypt’s Dina Meshref Is seeded 19th, while Nigeria’s Offiong Edem is 53rd among the 70 female table tennis players competing in the women’s singles event.
While Nigerian female veteran and seven-time Olympian, Olufunke Oshonaike is ranked 60th in her class, China’s Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng are top-seeded for the men’s and women’s singles categories.