ITTF confirms Team Nigeria for Rio Olympic Games
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has formally confirmed Team Nigeria as one of the 16 countries that will compete in the men’s team event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
In the list released by the world table tennis ruling body, Team Nigeria will fly Africa’s flag in the event alongside world and Asian champions, China, as well as Germany, United States, Australia and host – Brazil.
Other nations that made the cut based on their world ratings are Japan, Hong Kong, Portugal, Korea Republic, France, Sweden, Austria, Poland, Chinese Taipei and England.
With this development, aside Segun Toriola and Aruna Quadri, who have qualified to play in the singles event, the team will have Bode Abiodun, who is the third highest ranked Nigerian in the world as the third player to complete the required number of players expected to form a team for the Olympic Games.
However, in the women’s team event, Egypt will represent the continent alongside, China, Germany, United States, Australia and host – Brazil. Others are Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea Republic, Chinese Taipei, Korea DPR, Netherlands, Romania, Poland and Austria.
Meanwhile, Paraguay’s Marcelo Aguirre and Syria’s Heba Allejji are the players to receive the Tripartite places for the respective Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The decision was announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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