NTTF praises Aruna after WTT Star Contender exit

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’Tosin Oluwalowo

President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, Ishaku Tikon, has hailed Africa’s top player, Quadri Aruna, for his performance, after he crashed out of the 2021 World Table Tennis Star Contender in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday.

Aruna lost 3-0 (11-4, 13-11, 11-7) to Japan’s Harimoto Tamakazu, the world No.5 in the third round of the tournament.

Tikon, who hailed Aruna for flying the continent’s flag well, said he hoped he would replicate the performance at the 2020 Olympic qualifiers next week.

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“I am particularly impressed with Aruna because he showed that he is among the best in the world. Unfortunately for him, he had a tough draw and this affected his good run, but in all, his performance has given us confidence that he will make it to the Tokyo Olympic Games at the qualifiers next week,” Tikon said.

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“The result is not a reflection of what happened in the match because Aruna gave a good account of himself against Harimoto. He was just unlucky to have lost the match, especially the second game, which was very tight. I’m satisfied with his display and sure he will raise his game during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers against some of the best players in the world,” the NTTF boss said.

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