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ITTF World Tour: Quadri, Offiong get opponents

Four Nigerian players including Portugal-based Aruna Quadri and Edem Offiong  will begin their campaigns on Wednesday at the International Table Tennis Federation sanctioned World Tour tagged Spanish Open.

  It is the fourth ITTF World Tour for Quadri, while Offiong is making her first appearance in the tournament as part of her build up to this month’s World Championship in Japan.

  Other Nigerian players taking part in the five-day championship include Kazeem Makanjuola and Ganiyat Olatunde-Aruna.

  In the draw released by the organisers on Tuesday, Quadri has been  drawn in Group 10 of the preliminary round alongside Spain’s Carlos  Franco and Jersey’s Joshua Band, while Offiong has been pitted against Russia’s Yulia Prokhova and England’s Hannah Kicks in Group  7 of the women’s singles.

Makanjuola, who is yet to win a match at some of the tours he had attended so far, will tackle Spain’s Alfredo Carneros and Venezuela’s Nelson Villanueva in Group 13 of the men’s singles event.

Olatunde-Aruna, who is making her second appearance in the ITTF World  Tour, will confront India’s Shanim Kunaresan, Bulgaria’s Kutsiaryna and Spain’s Elena Lopez for a place in the main draw of the women’s singles.

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