Nigerian and African table tennis poster Aruna Quadri has broken his own record to achieve another feat in the world rankings after the Nigerian reached 11th place in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Rankings in February 2022.
The former African champion has raised the bar for African players with the new ranking as the first athlete from the continent to reach 11th place in the world rankings.
He rose to 14th place in the world rankings after his quarter-final at the 2021 World Championships in Houston, USA, to become the first African in history to reach that peak.
After starting 2022 as the 14th best player in the world but after climbing three steps up the rankings, Aruna now sits in 11th place.
According to the new leaderboard, Aruna’s achievement was made possible following his exploits in 2021, as the last leaderboard used 2021 performances for the last leaderboard.
An excited Aruna admitted that the feat means more hard work for him on the table. “It is indeed a big challenge for me, and I hope this new year will bring good news as I will have to work harder to stay at the top of the leaderboard and hopefully reach the top 10. I also hope it will motivate more Africans to aim high because nothing is impossible in sport,” said Aruna.
Nigeria’s Edem Offiong reached the top 100 after climbing nine steps up the rankings as Africa’s third-best player.