ITTF Unveils Seeding List For ITTF Premier Lotto Nigeria Open

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Nigeria's Table Tennis Star, Segun Toriola
Nigeria’s Table Tennis Star, Segun Toriola

The seeding list of players who will compete at the ITTF Premier Lotto Nigeria Open has been unveiled by the world table tennis ruling body.
The seeding list is made up of 16 men and eight women in the singles while four boys and a girl were also listed in the seeding list of the championship.
In the men’s singles list, four Nigerian players led by 2014 ITTF Star Player, Aruna Quadri topping the list of seeding.
Quadri is followed by Africa’s most decorated table tennis player, Segun Toriola who is the first African athlete to compete in seven Olympic Games.
Other Nigerians on the 16-man seeding list are Portugal-based Bode Abiodun and Ojo Onaolapo, who were rated sixth and 11th respectively.
Finland’s Benedek Olah is number three, while 2014 runner’s up; Egypt’s El-Sayed Lashin is number fourth on the seeding list.
Other players that made it to the seeding are Slovakia’s Thomas Keinath, Iran’s Afshin Noroozi, Portugal’s Diogo Chen, Egypt’s Khalid Assar, Congo Brazzaville’s Saka Suraju, Mexico’s Salvador Uribe, Egypt’s Shady Magdy, Morocco’s Mounaim Tirselt, Romania’s Alin Spelbus and Ghana’s Felix Lartey.
Defending champion, Portugal’s Jieni Shao led the women’s seeding list followed by two-time winner of the ITTF World Tour, Hungary’s Szandra Pergel.
Congo Brazzaville’s Han Xing is third while Romania’s Irina Ciobanu and Russia’s Olga Kulikova are fourth and fifth respectively.
The two Nigerians that made the eight-man seeding list for women are Edem Offiong and Olufunke Oshonaike who are seeded sixth and seventh respectively while 2010 African champion, Cameroun’s Sarah Hanffou is rated eighth in the seeding list.
For the U-21 men, Portugal’s Diogo Chen is number one, while defending champion, Egypt’s Shady Magdy is number two.
The only Nigerian in the four-man seeding list is Amadi Omeh who is listed number four after Romania’s Alin Spelbus who is seeded number three. The only player seeded in the women’s U-21 is Romania’s Irina Ciobanu.
Meanwhile, the tournament manager, Egypt’s Mohamed Dawlatly believes the turnout would add glamour to the championship.
“Although it might not be as high as the organizers wanted but still it’s better from last year as we now have 122 players from 16 countries compared to 81 players from 11 countries in 2015 which means players are now more interested to attend this important event. Following the last year’s event, I’m expecting some high level of Table Tennis especially with the increase of entries and also with the importance of the event in Nigeria which can be felt from care and follow-up of the organizers trying to make sure that everything is covered and presented in its best way,” Dawlatly said.

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