By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri will partner his continental rival, Egypt’s Omar Assar, in the men’s doubles event in their bid to make it to the table tennis World Tour grand finals later in the year at the ITTF World Tour in Budapest, Hungary, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The event starts from the 17th of January and ends on the 23rd.
The pair were partners in 2015 and 2016 and Quadri, ranked 25th in the world, believes they will be a force to reckon with at the Open having played together in previous tournaments.
“It was an easy decision for me to decide to partner Omar Assar because we seem to understand each other when we play together," Quadri told the ITTF official website.
"We played very well at the Polish Open and Austria Open and we have made up our minds to play together in all ITTF World Tours this year with the aim of having Africa’s presence at the World Tour grand finals later in the year.
"We intend to play doubles together in all the World Tour we will be taking part in this year and I am hopeful that we can achieve our aim.”