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ARUNA RETURNS TO TOP 12 IN ITTF RANKING

Sequel to his impressive performance at the just concluded WTT Star Contender in Doha, Qatar, Oyo State born Ping Pong star, Quadri Aruna has gained two steps up the world ranking to occupy 12th place in the latest (Week 14) men’s ranking released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Being the first African to reach the top 11 in the world, Aruna’s good run in Doha fetched him massive ranking points to rise from the 14th spot to 12 in the world ranking.

The Nigerian who plays for German club, TTC Rhönsprudel Fulda-Maberzell overtook China’s Wang Chuqin and Germany’s Patrick Franziska to be among the top 12 players in the world and retained his top stop in Africa.

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Egyptian Omar Assar’s inactiveness may have caused his static in the ranking as the 2021 African champion remains world number 27 and 2nd in the continent while his veteran compatriot Ahmed Saleh remains in the 49th spot and 3rd in Africa.

Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw occupies 57th place while Olajide Omotayo dropped to 89 in the ranking.

In the women’s rankings, China’s Chen Meng remains the world’s best while Egypt’s Dina Meshref holds on tight to the top spot in Africa as the six-time African champion dropped to 40th in the latest ranking while her compatriot Yousra Helmy also dropped to 80th in the ranking.

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