By James Agberebi:
Nigeria men's table tennis star Aruna Quadri is hoping to use the men's singles title at the 2017 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge Nigeria Open as birthday gift to his fans, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Quadri, seeded number one in the men's singles event, will clock 29 tomorrow (Wednesday), the date of the start this year's ITTF Challenge Open in Lagos.
Looking forward to the commencement of the tournament, Quadri who will be in action on Friday, stated that he is in good shape for and ready to go.
"For me, I think it's not all about winning but competing first and representing our country very well and also becoming good ambassadors to our country," The 2014 Rio Olympic quarter-finalist told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"I am always ready, there has never been any day of rest. I have been playing tournaments and practicing for 10 months now. So I am fully ready as always.
"This year's edition will be the strongest Lagos Open considering the entries. From the main draw, there won't be anything like walkover, every match will be difficult.
"On Wednesday it's going to be my birthday and come on the 13th which is the final day, I hope to use it as a birthday for Nigerians. I have prepared a lot already and as we all know success and planning work together. I have planned and prayed to God and hopefully my effort will be rewarded."
On his relationship with Egypt's Omar Assar, Quadri said: "Omar is one of my best friends in table tennis circles. We have always been friends. This is not the first time we will be playing together we've played like eight times internationally. Playing on home soil with him will be amazing."