Despite not being supported in Nigeria by corporate companies, a Shanghai-based Sengled Optoelectronics Company Limited will on Wednesday January 6 at its annual exhibition in United States (U.S.) celebrates Aruna Quadri.
According to a statement by the company, the annual exhibition which involves customers across America will have Quadri signing autographs, taking pictures and playing exhibition matches at the colourful three-day event in the U.S.
Also, the 2014 ITTF Star Player has started the year in the top 48 in the world.
In the ranking released by the world table tennis ruling body (ITTF) on January 4, Quadri who ended 2015 in top 50 now occupies 48 while his continental rival, Egypt’s Omar Assar is now ranked 29 from the 31 he finished in 2015.
Former African king, Segun Toriola occupies 163 while no Nigerian female player made it to the top 200 with Egypt’s Dina Meshref remains Africa’s best placing 96 in the world. Germany-based Olufunke Oshonaike is the top ranked Nigerian female player now ranked 207 in the world.
Meanwhile, China’s Ma Long retains his no.1 spot on the Men’s World Ranking, while Japan’s Yuya Oshima climbs from no.24 to no.18. It is the 41st time that Ma Long has been listed in top spot in the monthly publications.
In the women’s ranking, runner up at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in December in Lisbon, Chen Meng, is the player to make the most noticeable progress on the World Rankings.
It is also progress for Ding Ning as She changes places with colleague, Zhu Yuling and is now at no.2, one place behind Liu Shiwen, also from China, who retains her top billing.