By Oyerinde Femi
Portugal-based Taiwo Mati was ranked 96th in the world as the second-highest-ranked Nigerian.
Quadri Aruna has been ranked as the 11th best table tennis player in the world by International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
The world table tennis governing body released the latest ranking on Tuesday.
In the ranking, Portugal-based Taiwo Mati was ranked 96th in the world as the second-highest-ranked Nigerian.
The Week 14 of the 2023 ITTF World Rankings sees a complete shakeup in the global standings as the biggest culprit for the changes comes from points won at Tokyo 2020 expiring.
Pulse Sports reports that the African champion bowed out in the quarterfinal finish at the WTT Singapore Smash.
Aruna became the first African to reach the quarterfinal round of the WTT Singapore Smash.
ATTF applauds Aruna for quarterfinal finish in Singapore
The Executive Council of the Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) has hailed the Quadri Aruna for putting the continent on the world map in Singapore.
According to the President of ATTF, Khaled El-Salhy, the Nigerian has continued to set the pace for the sport in Africa with his feet at international competitions.
“Congratulations on your fantastic show-up in Singapore, especially for the great win in the round of 16 against Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto to qualify for the quarterfinals. I would like to just pass to you my full appreciation on behalf of the ATTF Executive Council (EC) as the main ambassador of African table tennis in ITTF super events. We wish you to continue to make the continent proud and be a great ambassador of your country and Africa,” he said.
Aruna, will lead his African compatriots, Omar Assar and Dina Meshref, to the World Table Tennis (WTT) Championships in Xinxiang.
WTT Champions in Xinxiang is scheduled to be held between April 9-15 at Plain Jianye Sports Center.
The prize pool of $800,000 and 1000 World Ranking points at the WTT Champions in Xinxiang.
Aruna maintains his status as the best-rated player in Africa after gaining two places up the ranking ladder to be ranked 11th in the world.