By James Agberebi:
President of African Table Tennis Federation, Khaled El-Salhy, has described Nigeria's table tennis star to Rio2016 Olympics, Aruna Quadri, as a pride to Africa.
Quadri got to the quarter-finals in Rio before losing to world number one Ma Long from China.
In a release by ITTF- Africa, El-Salhy stated that the heroic performance of Aruna Quadri is a confirmation of Africa’s relevance in global table tennis.
“I must admit that all the African players did their best in the singles, while the extra ordinary outcome was through Aruna Quadri for his superb performance against the top ITTF ranked players like Chinese Taipei’s CHUANG Chih-Yuan and Germany’s Timo BOLL," El-Salhy said.
"In my opinion the achievement of Aruna Quadri in Rio will be of great impact to Africa and all players as well as help to break all barriers, raising the ceiling of ambitious player at all World and Olympic title events regardless of their opponents.
“Simply, Aruna Quadri is perfect, full of energy and trust his skills with good preparation. He also put his mind in the game to fly the flag of Nigeria and Africa in such Olympic Games.”
El-Salhy advised young players to emulate the Nigerian.
He said: “They have to follow the foot step of Aruna Quadri in terms of preparation, dedication in training and with this nothing is impossible.”