Sportsdiscourse voted Aruna Quadri as the joint winner of the athlete/Sports Person of the decade and it was strictly based on achievement and exploits made in the world of table tennis at home, on the continent and indeed on the world stage..
According to the January ranking released by by ittf Aruna quadri has climbed back to number 18th in the world from 20th position he occupied at the close of 2019, he equaled a feat he achieved in August 2018,(highest rank acheved by ANY Nigerian) .
There is much work to be done for him to break into the top15 (the point differential between him and Koki Niwa who currently occupies 15th position is about 710) .
Even on the continent he hasn’t attained the highest rank position by an African despite his achievements. Egypt’s Omar Assar currently holds the record of being the only African dead or alive to have been ranked 16th highest so far and 17th the second highest rank ever attained by an African.
We know his ultimate goal is to break into the world top 10, it is a feat that can be achieved, all he needs is the have more wins, more trophies, MORE POINTS by working harder most especially on what his perceived weaknesses are. The sky is just the beginning, this is a great news for table tennis and sports lovers to start 2020 with. We hope before the curtain falls on 2020 we will be able to say that during this olympic year Aruna conquered just like he did in Brazil and he he attained an enviable ranking between 10-15.If he attains a better ranking than 10-15 all glory to the Most High.