CAIRO, July 28, 2021: Moataz Ashour, President of the Table Tennis Federation, stressed that the goal in the future would be to compete for an Olympic medal.
Omar Assar managed to reach the quarter-finals of table tennis competitions for the first time in Egyptian history.
Moataz Ashour, head of the Table Tennis Federation, said in statements to On Time Sports 2: “It is unfortunate for Omar Assar that he is facing a player like Ma Long in the quarter-finals.
He showed a very impressive level and managed to beat top players in three hours. “
He added: “He has placed himself in the ranks of the strongest champions in the world, there is not much difference between them. He will play a very difficult game.”
“I spoke to him and asked him not to put the pressure on himself and to play in a normal way, and God willing we will see him play a good game,” he added.
And about Dina Musharraf, Moataz Ashour said: “She appeared at a good level and she is a great player, at the 35th place in the world. There is no Egyptian or Arab in this position. She played against a great player and started well, but bad luck kept her from going up.
Dina Mishref was knocked out of the round of 16 against Brett Ireland of the Netherlands 3-4 after winning 3-0 at the start.
He added: “In the past, we have sought to participate only in the Olympics, but our goal in the future is to compete for an Olympic medal.”
Omar will face Ma Long on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in the quarter-finals of the table tennis competitions.