Nigeria table tennis legend, Aruna Quadri has said that the 2020 Olympic Games will be the toughest competition he will be participating in because of the presence of top 100 ranked table tennis players.
“Every tournament is a challenge. This is the toughest Olympics Games so far for me. I am saying it because we have the top 100 players in the draw. With pressure, it will be difficult but I am looking forward to giving my best,” he said.
Speaking from the Games Village in Tokyo, Quadri said he will not be under any form of pressure when he begins his own event from the third round next week Tuesday in the men’s singles while expressing his shock at being named Team Nigeria captain.
“It was a shock to me but I was happy to be named the Team Nigeria captain. I think it is a plus for table tennis in Nigeria. We are doing very finely. We are all one family and are communicating very well. We are looking forward to doing our best.
“It puts more pressure cos it is a good thing as I will be starting from the 3rd round. But the people who are starting from the first and second round have better opportunities as they will have warmed very well and gotten used to the tournament.
“For me, there is no pressure. my expectation is to be a good ambassador to my county. sponsor, club, family. I am expecting to play very. Nigerians should pray for us and we will make them proud,” he said.