A private organization, Frot Group, on Wednesday rewarded Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri Quadri with a cash of $2500 for his heroic feat of setting a new African record at the Olympics.
The President of Frot Group, Frank Momoh, said the performance of Aruna Quadri has shown that with more support, table tennis has the capacity to bring more laurels to Nigeria.
“Despite the loss of Quadri to Ma Long, the team needs our commendation, especially as Quadri has set a new African record as the first African to reach an Olympic quarter final in table tennis,” Momoh said.
After losing his quarterfinal tie against China’s Ma Long, Brazilian fans honoured him by singing a befitting birthday song for him after turning 28 on August 9 during the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
The 2014 ITTF Star Player also believes his performance has boosted the chance of African players in their quest to win Olympics medals.
An elated Quadri said: “They were really good singers, I was so happy seeing them singing for me, it’s an amazing thing.”
With his feat in Rio, Quadri believes this would inspire African players to aim for Olympic medals. “I believe that it is possible for an African to win Olympic medal in table tennis because nothing is impossible to go there, and not just me. I strongly believe there are some upcoming players in Africa, including Omar Assar, and some top Nigerian players who could be able to easily match my record with hard work.”
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