Aruna Quadri set a new personal record as the Nigerian is now ranked 21 in the end-of-the-year ITTF ranking released on Thursday December 7 by the world table tennis ruling body.
Quadri has now dwarfed his best of 25th in the ranking to displace Egypt’s Omar Assar as the continent’s best ranked player in the world.
Despite not matching up the record set by Assar as the first African ranked among top 20 in the world, Quadri ends the year as the highest ranked African in the latest rating.
Following his victories over top ranked players at the Swedish Open, Quadri amassed 50 points to improve from 2457 to 2507points to be rated 21 in the world ranking. Prior to this latest ranking, the best achieved by Quadri in the world rating was 25 and with this, he has set a new record for Nigeria and himself.
However, keen followers of the game believe the inactiveness of Assar may have affected his rating, as the Egyptian dropped from 20 to 26 in the latest ranking.
The President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ishaku Tikon, believes the feat is commendable as Quadri continues to put Nigeria and Africa on the world map.
Tikon said, “We are excited about this latest ranking and this goes to show that our efforts are paying off and what we just need to do is to ensure we unearth and nurture more players like Quadri. Also the young players should take a cue from Quadri in terms of his diligent, professionalism and dedication to the trade. I hope and believe they can follow his footsteps in their career to make it to the top.”
In the women’s ranking, Egypt’s Dina Meshref dropped to 110 from 92 but she still remains Africa’s best ranked female player in the world while Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike inactiveness at global level continues to rub off positively on her world ranking as she dropped from 227 to 262 in the latest rating.