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    Oshonaike makes history, qualifies for 7th Olympics

Oshonaike makes history, qualifies for 7th Olympics

Olufunke Oshonaike, Nigeria's table tennis player, has booked her place in the 2020 Olympic Games scheduled for Tokyo in the summer. Oshonaike also became the first African female athletes that will compete in seven Olympic Games in Japan. The 44-year-old tennis player defeated Sarah Hanffou of Cameroon 4-1 in the second match of the final group games of the Olympic qualifying tournament [...]

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    Buratai’s leadership ingenuity and Nigeria’s silent achievements

Buratai’s leadership ingenuity and Nigeria’s silent achievements

BY ANDREW GRANIT I have had over three decades experiences as a conflict manager and preventive researcher. In the course of my job, I have traversed most parts of the world. But my experiences are more grounded in my former country, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. And until its disintegration, Yugoslavian six republics were enmeshed in virulent economic crises and political [...]

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    Aruna Quadri donates food items to less privilege

Aruna Quadri donates food items to less privilege

Aruna Quadri, Nigerian table tennis star, has donated food items to Hearts of Gold Children's Hospice in Lagos. The 2019 Nigeria Open winner was accompanied by his wife, Ganiyat to the home. Samuel Ilori, an official of Hearts of Gold Children's Hospice described Quadri's gesture as commendable adding the he would be the second sportsman to have visited the home this year after [...]

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    Back-to-back: Aruna Quadri wins Nigeria Table Tennis Open Championship

Back-to-back: Aruna Quadri wins Nigeria Table Tennis Open Championship

Aruna Quadri defeated Austria's Gardos Robert to clinch a back-to-back Nigeria Open Table Tennis Championship at the 2019 edition. He became the second player to defend the title after Omar Assar of Egypt on Sunday evening. This is also Quadri’s second time of winning the tournament which is in its sixth year. Going into the game as the favourite, Nigeria’s table tennis superstar [...]

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    Quadri in 3rd place as Egyptians dominate 2019 ITTF Africa Cup

Quadri in 3rd place as Egyptians dominate 2019 ITTF Africa Cup

Omar Assar and Dina Meshref, Egyptian tennis stars, have both been crowned champions at the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup tournament. While Assar defeated his Egyptian counterpart, Saleh Ahmed, in a seven round thriller, 10-12, 11-3, 11-6, 12-14, 11-3, 9-11, 11-3 (4-3), Meshref beat her cousin, Yousra Helmy (11-9, 11-9, 11-1, 11-8) to claim the title in the women's final. Speaking with journalists after [...]

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    ‘ITTF tournament will place Lagos on the world map’

‘ITTF tournament will place Lagos on the world map’

Kweku Tandoh, executive chairman of Lagos state sports commission, says hosting the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Africa Cup will grow tourism in Lagos and place the state on the world map. Tandoh disclosed this during a press conference at the Teslim Balogun stadium, Lagos. Nigeria is hosting the African Club Championships, ITTF Africa Cup and ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open. He said that the [...]

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    ITTF: Solanke, Mati shine as Nigeria dethrones Egypt in boys’ singles

ITTF: Solanke, Mati shine as Nigeria dethrones Egypt in boys’ singles

The dominance of Egypt in the boys singles of the ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championship was brought to an end by Nigeria's Azeez Solanke who won the junior boys’ singles title. Solanke partnered Jamiu Ayanwale to claim the junior boys doubles gold as well. In both disciplines, on the concluding day of play, Solanke ended Egyptian hopes. In the junior boys’ singles [...]

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    Aruna Quadri speaks excellent Yoruba in ITTF new ‘topspin master’ promo

Aruna Quadri speaks excellent Yoruba in ITTF new ‘topspin master’ promo

Aruna Quadri became Nigerian culture advocate in the new promo released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) for the 2019 World Championship scheduled for Budapest, Hungary. Considered as the best import from Africa, Quadri spoke in Yoruba language in the promo on the quality of his forehand which makes him a threat to opponents in the game of table tennis. Being [...]

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    Oshonaike: Why I lost to 19-year-old player at National Sports Festival

Oshonaike: Why I lost to 19-year-old player at National Sports Festival

Olufunke Oshonaike, a table tennis superstar, has spoken about her defeat by Nimota Aregbesola, a 19-year-old player, at the National Sports Festival. Aregbesola defeated the six-time Olympian in the quarter-final on Monday. Speaking with TheCable after the game, Oshonaike said: "I only slept for four hours after I lost in the mixed doubles yesterday. "Then I started playing by 10 this morning, I won 4-3 before [...]

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    Quadri, Abiodun lift fourth Portuguese Cup with Sporting

Quadri, Abiodun lift fourth Portuguese Cup with Sporting

Sporting’s trio of Aruna Quadri, Diogo Carvalho and Bode Abiodun checkmated ADC Ponta do Pargo to retain the Portuguese Super Cup for the fourth time in a row. Sporting were on the losing side away to Borussia Dusseldorf in the ETTU Champions opener but the Portuguese side lined up Quadri, Diogo Carvalho and Abiodun against ADC Ponta do Pargo in the [...]

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    Aruna Quadri wins his first African men’s title

Aruna Quadri wins his first African men’s title

Aruna Quadri has defeated Ahmed Saleh in Mauritius to win the 2018 ITTF men's singles title in Mauritius. Quadri outplayed Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh 4-1 to win his first African championship title which he narrowly lost to Egypt’s Omar Assar in 2016. The Nigerian table tennis star did not drop a point from the first round until the final. An elated Quadri said he [...]

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    Nigeria qualify for 2019 ITTF Team World Cup

Nigeria qualify for 2019 ITTF Team World Cup

Nigeria on Wednesday secured their place in the 2019 World Team Cup championship in Japan. The Nigerian team beat Egypt 3-1 to emerge as men's team event winner at the ITTF African Championships in Mauritius. The trio of Segun Toriola, Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun fought well to record a convincing win against the Egyptians. But it was not same story for the [...]

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    Quadri through to final of Nigeria Open

Quadri through to final of Nigeria Open

Aruna Quadri has qualified for the final in the ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open. The world number 18 defeated Thailand's Wisutmaythangkoon Supanut in straight sets, 11-9, 14-12, 11-9, 11-8. Aruna will face Hachard Antoine of France who defeated Rumgay Gavin of Scotland. The Men's single final is slated for 4:30pm. All other Nigerians who started the tournament have crashed out, leaving Quadri as the only one flying the [...]

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    Nigeria Open: China win gold in U-21 men, women’s final

Nigeria Open: China win gold in U-21 men, women’s final

Chinese representatives are leading the gold-hail at the 2018 Nigerian Open. Guo Yan and Wang Shaobo on Saturday won gold in theU21 men and women's singles finals. Shaobo defeated India's Bhanja Ronit in three straight sets, Yan defeated her Chinese counterpart, Fan Siqi, after a four-set thriller. China have now won two medals at the ongoing tournament while India has one. Nigeria, the host [...]

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    Aruna Quadri climbs to 18 in latest ITTF ranking

Aruna Quadri climbs to 18 in latest ITTF ranking

Aruna Quadri has become the first Nigerian to make the top 18 ranking of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Quadri rose from 20 to 18 in the August 2018 ranking released by the table tennis ruling body on Sunday. The Nigerian's ascent was helped in part by his last 16 performance at the Australian Open. Quadri, who is the second African to [...]

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    ‘Mission accomplished’ — Quadri gets ITTF nod for table tennis World Cup

‘Mission accomplished’ — Quadri gets ITTF nod for table tennis World Cup

Aruna Quadri has been given the nod to be part of the 20-man contingent to the 2018 Men’s World Cup in France. Quadri qualified for the tournament courtesy of his world ranking. In an invitation letter to the Nigerian, Zena Sim, head of World Cup and ITTF Challenge, said: "On behalf of the ITTF, we would like to invite Quadri Aruna to [...]

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