File photograph of Aruna Quadri in action.Group Nigeria Captain for the Tokyo Olympics, Quadri Aruna has been listed among the many kill 15 seeded players within the males’s singles of table tennis match which kicks on Friday, July 23 in Japan.
65 players will compete within the males’s singles and for being the excellent-rated African within the world, Aruna has been seeded quantity 15 within the support of Frenchman Simon Gauzy.
The Nigerian has been notion of as one in every of the star players to ogle out for in table tennis match. He’ll be hoping to exceed his quarterfinal attain at Rio 2016 in Japan.
Licensed to Tokyo in accordance along with his world ranking, Aruna will be awaiting his first-spherical opponent when the attracts support this week with Egypt’s Omar Assar seeded 28 whereas Aruna’s compatriot- Olajide Omotayo is seeded 49 within the males’s singles.
Within the girls’s singles, six-time African champion, Egypt’s Dina Meshref has been seeded 19th whereas Nigeria’s Offiong Edem is seeded 53 among the many 70 athletes competing within the girls’s singles match. Account-breaking Olufunke Oshonaike who’s making a seventh appearance at the gams is seeded 60th.
Meanwhile, China’s Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng were unveiled as the kill-seeded entries for the males’s and girls’s singles categories.
Making his first appearance on the Olympic stage in Tokyo, Fan Zhendong, 24, is bidding to become the sixth Chinese player to construct up house males’s singles gold. Meanwhile, fellow Fan’s compatriot and defending champion Ma Prolonged, who has been named as the quantity two seed, attempts to recapture the magic of 5 years ago as he defends his highly sought-after title at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Seeded third, 18-twelve months-feeble Tomokazu Harimoto is sure to steal the take into chronicle as the ever-bettering teenager looks to manual Japan to a historic first gold medal within the category.
Also, Brazil’s Hugo Calderano and Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju were named the fourth and fifth seeds within the males’s singles blueprint, before Sweden’s Mattias Falck, London 2012 bronze medallist Dimitrij Ovtcharov and fellow German icon Timo Boll.
A unique girls’s singles champion will be crowned within the Japanese capital with all eyes firmly mounted on two Chinese debutants as the country looks to manufacture it 9 gold medals in a row. Making the summit of the list, high seed Chen Meng leads the manner with Sun Yingsha occupying the instantaneous situation below on the list. China also leads the manner in both the Males’s Group and Ladies’s Group events with the carrying powerhouse pursuing a fourth-straight gold medal attain in both categories.