Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has been nominated in the four-man list shortlisted for the 2016 International Table Tennis Federation Star Awards billed for December 8, 2016 in Doha, Qatar.
Quadri, a former winner of the award will be aiming for a record feat as the first player that will win the award for the second time.
The 2016 ITTF Star Awards, which will be in its fourth edition, will be held at the Doha’s famous and prestigious Sheraton Hotel to celebrate the world’s best table tennis players’ achievements in 2016.
The nominees for the Male Table Tennis Star presented by DHS, as nominated by the ITTF Athletes’ Commission:
1. Quadri ARUNA (NGR): First ever African Olympic Games Quarterfinalist. Highest ever world ranked African player at 25 in the world;
2. FAN Zhendong (CHN): 2016 Men’s World Cup champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles;
3. MA Long (CHN): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles and Team Champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles and
4. Jun MIZUTANI (JPN): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles Bronze Medalist and Team Silver Medalist, 2016 World Team Championships Silver Medalist, three 2016 ITTF World Tour titles
The nominees Female Table Tennis Star presented by Nittaku, as nominated by the ITTF Athletes’ Commission:
China’s DING Ning who won Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles and Team Champion, Japan’s Miu HIRANO who is 2016 Women’s World Cup Champion, Japan’s Mima ITO (JPN) who won bronze at Rio 2016 Olympic Games which made her the Youngest ever table tennis Olympic Medalist and Korea Republic’s Kim SONG-I who emerged as Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles Bronze medalist.
According to the organisers, “Fans can now vote for their star player of 2016 at ITTFStarAwards.com. Voting will end on 13 November 2016.
“Fans’ voting results will be combined with the judging outcome by an expert panel which will include their peers and the media to determine the Table Tennis Stars of 2016.”
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