Aruna Quadri Leads Nigeria’s Battle For Tokyo Olympics Slot In Portugal

Nigeria will be making another attempt to secure qualification to the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo at the 2020 World Team Olympic Qualifying tournament in Gondomar, Portugal where they will battle 33 men and 29 women’s teams.

Eighteen teams made up of nine men and women’s team each are expected to pick their slots to Tokyo 2020 from Portugal where Nigeria are the only African side in contention.

According to the playing format, the matches will be straight knockouts featuring two knockout rounds with the last eight teams in the men and women’s categories progressing to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The matches will be best of five individual matches consisting of a doubles and four singles.

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has confirmed the five-man contingent of Nigeria’s men team made up of Aruna Quadri, Olajide Omotayo, Segun Toriola, Bode Abiodun and junior sensation, Taiwo Mati.

The women will be represented by Edem Offiong, Olufunke Oshonaike, Fatimo Bello, Ajoke Ojomu and Cecilia Akpan.

The tournament would give Nigeria another avenue to qualify for Tokyo 2020 after losing Africa’s sole slot to Egypt at the 2019 African Games in Morocco.

The Multiusos de Gondomar, in Portugal, will host the tournament.