Nigeria’s table tennis star Aruna Quadri has dropped in the April 2020 International Table Tennis Federation, ITTF ranking released on Thursday.
Quadri now occupies the 20th place in the men’s ranking. He was 18th in March.
However, Quadri maintains his status as the highest-rated African player in the world.
Another tennis player, Olajide Omotayo also dropped by two notches to 92 in the world ranking.
Omotayo, based in Italy, is the only Nigerian male athlete to have secured his place at the now suspended Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,
At the moment, Quadri is recuperating from the thigh injury he sustained in February.
This was during the African Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tunis.
Quadri is also yet to return to his Portugal base because of the pandemic.
The Nigerian duo were not the only Africans who dropped in the world ranking.
Egypt’s Omar Assar also dropped to 38 from 35.
Among the biggest movers in the world is Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw who rose to 69 in the world after moving up by six steps.
The Senegalese has also secured a place at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, now postponed.
In the women’s rating, Egypt’s Dina Meshref maintains her position as the African champion and she still occupies 32nd place in the world.
In spite of dropping by eight steps to 120 in the world, Offiong Edem remains the highest-ranked Nigerian female player in the world.
Olufunke Oshonaike occupies 174th place in the rating.
At the peak of the men’s ranking is China’s Fan Zhendong, who replaced compatriot Xu Xin to top the rating.
Also, China’s Chen Meng continues her reign as the women’s world number one.
Japan’s Mima Ito shot up to second place in the women’s singles list —- her highest ever position.
It was a reward for consistent displays so far in 2020, which saw her take the crown at the Hungarian Open.
This was in-between reaching the semi-final of the German Open and final of the Qatar Open.
Meanwhile, following the current suspension of ITTF events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest ITTF Rankings will be frozen until activities resume.
The decision to freeze the world ranking was taken at the ITTF Executive Committee meeting held on April 1, following the recommendations from the World Ranking Group and the Athletes Commission
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