Aruna Quadri is the only Nigerian listed among 24 foreign players that will participate in the maiden edition of the Ultimate Table Tennis League in Chennai, India.
Quadri, in spite of his second round exit at the just concluded ITTF World Championships in Düsseldorf, Germany, rose two spots up from 37 to 35 in the latest ITTF ranking released on Thursday.
The tournament which starts on Thursday, July 13, is the first ever professional table tennis league to be held in India.
The foreign players for the Ultimate Table Tennis League are:
Aruna Quadri (Nigeria), Wong Chun Ting (Hong Kong), Marcos Freitas (Portugal), Tiago Apolonia (Portugal), Stefan Fegerl (Austria), Kou Lei (Ukraine), Panagiotis Gionis (Greece), Andrej Gacina (Croatia), Pär Gerell (Sweden), Li Ping (Qatar), Joäo Monteiro (Portugal) and Liam Pitchford (England)
Han Ying (Germany), Wu Yang (China), Doo Hoi Kem (Hong Kong), Hu Melek (Turkey), Liu Jia (Austria), Petrissa Solja (Germany), Lee Ho Ching (Hong Kong), Fu Yu (Portugal), Li Qian (Poland), Sabine Winter (Germany), Polina Mikhailova (Russia) and Tetyana Bilenko (Ukraine).
India Men Category
Sharath Kamal Achanta, Manika Batra, Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Amalraj Anthony, Sanil Shetty, Jubin Kumar, Manav Thakkar, Ronit Bhanja, Birdie Boro, Arjun Ghosh and Abhishek Yadav.
India Women Category
Mouma Das, Madhurika Patkar, Pooja Sahasrabudhe, Suthirtha Mukherjee, Mousumi Paul, Krittwika Sinha Roy, Archana Kamath, Moumita Dutta, Amurtha Pushpak, Priyadarshini Das and Selena Deepti Selvakumar.