Two Nigerians Table Tennis Stars Aruna Quadri and Olajide Omotayo are among the top African stars listed for the first official events of the World Table Tennis (WTT) in Qatar on March 13, 2021.
The two events which have $600,000 prize money will take place at Lusail Sports Arena in Doha.
According to the international Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), the middle East Hub will feature two tiers of the new WTT event structure with WTT contender Doha kick starting the tournament before players move onto the first WTT contender event the following week, providing the perfect preparation for some of the world’s leading stars to be challenged by the best up-and- coming athletes in Table Tennis.
Aruna Quadri, who is the highest rated African in the world ranked 21st will join world-class talent set to light up Doha in the men’s events, Stars like Xu Xin (china, world-ranked 2nd), Tomo kazu Harimoto(Japan, world-ranked 5th) and china’s Lin Yun-Ju, who is Rated 7th in the world ranked, will all contest in the tournament as well as in the men’s draw.
However, Omotayo, Taiwo Mati and Nurudeen Hassan have been listed to complete in the qualifiers for World Table Tennis Contender (WTT) in Doha from February 28 to march 2 with successful players listed for the main event on March 3 to 6.
Omotayo is expected to fight for a place in the main event from the qualifiers while Mati and Hassan are among the reserve players to be considered after the list of players have been finalised by the tournament organisers.
The WTT contender event will feature a singles main draw of 32 players per gender and 16-pair doubles per gender and in the mixed doubles, the qualifying draw will feature 96 players per gender in the singles and 32 pairs in the mixed doubles with $200,000 as prize money.
The qualifying round of the World Table Tennis Star contender Doha will commence on March 6 to 7 while the main event will hold from march 8 to 13.
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