African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) describes Quadri Aruna trailblazer in table tennis.
Written by News Room on December 2, 2021
The African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) has described Quadri Aruna as a trailblazer in table tennis following the feat achieved by the Nigerian at the 2021 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships held in Houston, Texas, United States.
Aruna has continued to exceed expectations with his performance at major international competitions and improved his game in Houston to become the first African to make it to the quarterfinal stage in the history of the world championships.
He was unlucky in the quarter-finals, losing 4-2 to Sweden’s Truls Moregard in a match he was tipped as favourite to win. Moregard created more upset by beating the respected Timo Bol 4-3 to reach the final of the tournament.
ATTF President, Khaled El-Salhy, said Aruna has continually broken the barrier for African players with his outstanding performance that has continued to inspire a lot of players across the globe.
Apart from Aruna’s feat, the ATTF boss described the city of Houston as a historic place for Africa with the elections of two African representatives – Wahid Oshodi of Nigeria and Alaa Meshref of Egypt as Executive Vice Presidents of ITTF.