Quadri makes history with commonwealth ranking

Africa’s number one player Aruna Quadri has set a record by becoming the first African table tennis player to top the ranking of players in the Commonwealth.

Quadri set the record after the Technical Committee of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation, released their ranking for the month of May.

Among the 277 players listed in the ranking, Quadri garnered 2385 points to beat Singapore’s Gao Ning, who has 2384 to second place. England’s Pitchford Liam has 2277 points to occupy third spot on the ranking list.

Another Nigerian, Segun Toriola is rated 12th with 2014 points behind players from India, Canada and England while the third Nigerian, Bode Abiodun is ranked 22nd with 1822 points.

In the women ranking, no Nigerian made the top 20 list as Edem Offiong and Olufunke Oshonaike were ranked 23 and 26 respectively.

In a related development, Quadri has helped his French team, Jura Morez, to remain in the elite division of the prestigious French Table Tennis League but it was not same story for Egypt’s Omar Assar as his club, Istres were relegated.

With this development, Assar will be campaigning in the lower division of the league next season.