Aruna Quadri nominated for ITTF Star Awards
Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has been nominated in the four-man list shortlisted for the International Table Tennis Federation 2016 Male and Female Table Tennis Stars and Star Point awards.
The winners are to be crowned at the 2016 ITTF Star Awards in Doha, Qatar on December 8, 2016.
Quadri, a former winner of the award, will be aiming for a record feat as the first player that will win the award for the second time.
The 2016 ITTF Star Awards, which will be in its fourth edition, will be held at Doha’s famous and prestigious Sheraton Hotel to celebrate the world’s best table tennis players’ achievements in 2016.
Qatar Table Tennis Association President and ITTF Deputy President, Khalil Al-Mohannadi, stated: “On behalf of QTTA, I am excited to be hosting the celebrations for the world’s best table tennis players in Doha, Qatar.
“QTTA have very elaborate plans for the 2016 ITTF Star Awards and everyone in attendance and fans around the world watching on TV will surely enjoy the show we have planned to honor the most important people in our sport, the athlete’s and their achievements in 2016.”
The nominees for the Male Table Tennis Star presented by DHS, as nominated by the ITTF Athletes’ Commission: Quadri ARUNA (NGR): First ever African Olympic Games Quarterfinalist. Highest ever world ranked African player at 25 in the world; FAN Zhendong (CHN): 2016 Men’s World Cup champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles; MA Long (CHN): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles and Team Champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles and Jun MIZUTANI (JPN): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles Bronze Medalist and Team Silver Medalist, 2016 World Team Championships Silver Medalist, three 2016 ITTF World Tour titles.