Table Tennis: Aruna Quadri Seeded At World Championships
Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri is the highest seeded African player at the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships holding in Dusseldorf, Germany from May 29 to June 5.
Aside Quadri who is the continent’s most celebrated table tennis star, the only other seeded player from Africa is the current African champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar who is also listed among the 64 seeded players.
Already, 64 top players in the world including Olympic and World Champion, China’s Ma Long have been exempted from competing in the preliminary round of the championships while they are expected to begin their campaigns in the main draw (first round) of the tournament.
Quadri, who has also been listed among the world title contenders by the world table tennis ruling body – International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is seeded number 31 in the men’s singles while his continental rival – Assar is rated 50 among the 64 top seeds.
Also, African doubles champions - Quadri and Segun Toriola will battle with the world’s best in Germany.
Meanwhile, 613 athletes from 108 countries will be making the trip to Dusseldorf, Germany for the biggest table tennis event of the year.
For the first time in history, players from Afghanistan, Oman, Palestine and Tahiti will be among the countries fighting to be crowned World Champion in the event taking place at the Messe Dusseldorf.
There are five titles up for grabs in Germany: Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
Qualification for the singles main draw of 128 will start on May 29, with the main draw starting May 31. The Women's champion will be crowned on June 4 and the Men's on June 5.