Nigeria not doing enough to help Quadri, says Obisanya
Former National Table Tennis Coach, Babatunde Obisanya, has blamed the country for not doing enough to support Aruna Quadri, leading to his unfortunate loss to Germany’s Ruwen Filus at the just concluded International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour, Hungarian Open.
Quadri, ranked number 25th in the world, was shown the exit door by Filus (56th) during the grueling quarterfinal match that ended 11-9, 14-12, 2-11, 11-9, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10 in favour of the German.
Speaking to The Guardian yesterday, Obisanya said the fact that Quadri lost to a lower ranked player at the Hungary Open is not new, as there is room for upsets in the game of sports. According to Obisanya, moral support for Quadri would have gone a long way in boosting his game.
“Losing to a lower ranked player can never be ruled out in the game of sports. After all, a much lower ranked player knocked out the number one tennis star, Andy Murray. Even the same thing happened to Novak Djokovic at the Australia Open. But the question is why was nobody there with Quadri. I believe that the person who is in the best position to tell us that is the president of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation.
“Though a combination of so many factors could have led to that, which include lack of funds. It is one thing for the president of the federation to make a request that somebody should be there with him (I am just assuming), and may be the government did not listen to him. Sending someone there would have been a way of encouraging him,” he said.
The former table tennis star, who added that the same scenario can also be painted of other sports, said lack of support in form of funding was not peculiar to table tennis alone.