Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri retains his top place in Africa as the highest ranked player in the continent after the 2014 ITTF Star Player moved to 29th place in the April ITTF ranking released at the weekend.
Despite being inactive in the ITTF World Tour in the last one month, Quadri with 2393 points moved by one step to occupy 29th place in the world.
His continental rival, Egypt’s Omar Assar however, dropped from 36 to 37 in the world.
Fortune also smile on former African Champion and the first African athlete to be competing in seven Olympic Games, Segun Toriola improved his world rating from 117 to 109, while Portugal-based Bode Abiodun also gained more points to improve from 185 to 179.
In the women ranking, Egypt’s Dina Meshref remains the best rated player from the continent despite dropping from 98 to 97.
The highest ranked Nigeria female player in the ranking is Edem Offiong who managed to improve her ranking from 242 to 230, while Olufunke Oshonaike who was ranked 235 in March has been taken off the world ranking for her inactivity in the last six months.
In the Olympic Team ranking, Nigeria remains dominant in the men division despite dropping from 25 to 26, the West Africa giants are still ahead of Egypt who are ranked 32.
But the North Africans are far ahead of the Nigeria in the women team rating after occupying 31 while Nigeria is placing 40.
To decide the team that will represent the continent in the team event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Nigeria and Egypt will have to wait for the May ranking to know their fate. But as it is Nigeria has an edge over Egypt in the men to qualify while Egypt has an upper hand over Nigeria in the women division.
Meanwhile, China’s Ma Long retains his position at the head of the Men’s World Rankings despite finishing second behind compatriot, Zhan Jike at the Kuwait Open. It is the 14th consecutive ranking that has seen the 27 year-old head the list, since regaining the coveted position in March 2015 at the expense of colleague, Xu Xin.
Overall it is the 44th time that Ma Long has appeared in top spot, a position he first secured in January 2010.
In the women world rating, China’s Li Xiaoxia is the player to make the most notable progress amongst the elite names on the Rankings.
The 28 year-old reigning Olympic champion moves from no.8 to no.5 on a list where the names immediately above retain their positions; colleagues Liu Shiwen, Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling once again occupy the respective top three places with Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa next in line.