Aruna Quadri targets semis at table tennis World Cup

By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
Africa’s number one table tennis player Quadri Aruna has stated that he hopes to surpass the quarter-final placing at the Men’s World Cup slated to hold in Saarbrucken, Germany next month.
Aruna who made history as the first African to reach the quarter-Final stage at the Olympics last month said his target was to surpass his record at the 2014 edition where he also reached the quarter-finals.
Commenting on his strategy, he said, “I am doing normal practice with my Portuguese club. I am training with my teammates who are from across the globe. French and Portuguese league matches are getting me more prepared for the World Cup. Many people will be looking out for my performance being the lone African representative.
“I have a whole lot of responsibility on my shoulder following my achievements in recent times and I am trying not to disappoint anyone supporting me. At the 2014 World Cup, I lost in the quarter-finals and I am trying so hard to surpass that in this edition,’’ he said.
The 2014 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Star Player said the competition would be a tough one but that he would give it his best.
“The competition will definitely have the best hands in table tennis participating and it will be a keenly competed one. Apart from eyeing a medal, I will also use the competition to build up myself and increase my confidence level,’’ he said.

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