Africa’s current Table Tennis champion and the continent’s representative in the men’s singles at this year’s forthcoming World Cup, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has confirmed his participation in this year’s edition of the Nigeria Open World Tour event billed to take place at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun stadium, Lagos.
Men’s Singles defending champion of the Nigeria Open Challenge, Finland’s Benedek Olah, is among those to participate in this year’s competition
The event is scheduled to hold from August 9 to August 13.
Other winners of the World Tour, who have confirmed their participation in the five-day $46,000 prize money championship include Nigeria Open Men’s Singles three-time winner, Egypt’s Omar Assar.
Both Quadri and Assar were absent from the last edition due to club engagements.
Women singles’ defending champion, Portugal’s Shao Jieni and last year’s Belgium Open champion, India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
Gnanasekaran, who will be leading a strong Indian delegation to the championship, was the second Indian to have won the ITTF World Tour. The team is expected to enjoy support from the Indian community that will throng the stadium.
Also confirming his participation for the tournament is the 2009 mixed doubles world champion, Qatar’s Li Ping. The 42nd world ranked Chinese-born Qatari player will also be competing in the men’s singles.