The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has commended Nigeria’s number one table tennis player, Aruna Quadri for now becoming the first African among the top 25 players in the world.
Shortly before departing for the Rio Olympics, Quadri inscribed his name in world table tennis history by becoming the first African player to be among the top 30 players.
He cemented his place by becoming the first African to reach the quarterfinals of a table tennis event in the Olympics.
“For this feat, Quadri has brought immense goodwill to Nigeria and become a role model to the African continent, where a lot of youths are looking for mentors and role models to guide them, especially in sports.”
The association commended Quadri for his drug-free career and called on him not to rest on his oars by bringing more honour to Nigeria.
“We are indeed proud of what Quadri has done for Nigeria. He is a shining star and one that should be emulated in the sporting world.
With his immense rise and God-given talent, he has brought hope and direction for many youths in Nigeria who are in the sport. It is a challenge to them and a belief that they can rise even beyond Quadri’s feat. We urge government at all levels to create a conducive environment for sports men and women desirous of Quadri’s feat. ”
The Association also commended the League Management Company (LMC) for the innovation it had brought to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), leading to healthy rivalry among the various clubs.