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Aruna sets record, now 13th in latest ITTF ranking

In less than four days after setting an African record as the first player to reach the quarter-final stage at the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships, Quadri Aruna

[FILES] Quadri Aruna

In less than four days after setting an African record as the first player to reach the quarter-final stage at the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships, Quadri Aruna has set another African record following the release of the latest ITTF ranking yesterday.

The Nigerian was ranked 17 in the world before the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships held in Houston, Texas, United States. And based on the feat in Houston, Aruna has gained four steps in the ranking and is now rated 13th in the world, the first African to be so ranked.

Being the biggest movers among the top 20 players in the world, Aruna has continued to raise the bar for other African players to emulate with his superlative performance at major competitions, which has also earned him a place among the top 20 players invited for the 2021 World Table Tennis (WTTF) Cup Finals scheduled for December 4 to 7 in Singapore.

An elated Aruna after the ranking was released said the latest ranking meant more work for him.

“I am so excited to improve my world ranking and this means I must work hard to remain on top in the world. This is another task I must face in my career and I will not relent to do my best as I look forward to the WTTF Cup Finals taking place this weekend in Singapore.”

According to the President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ishaku Tikon, the latest feat by Aruna would motivate other upcoming players to work harder.

“We are so excited that within one week, Aruna has set two African records as the first to reach the quarterfinal of the World Championships as well as the first African to be ranked 13th in the world.

“This for us as a federation means we must find another Aruna who can exceed what he has done. Our focus remains on the cadet and junior and we are going to ensure we organise tournaments and expose them to international competitions.

“I must also commend Aruna for his conduct within and outside the table because he has shown to be a good ambassador of the sport and we hope to complement this feat by ensuring we unearth more Arunas,” Tikon said.