Former African table tennis champion, Sunday Eboh believes the feat achieved by Aruna Quadri at the ongoing Rio Olympic Games should be consolidated on by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in order to unearth more players like Quadri.
Eboh, who said he was not surprised by the giant stride of Quadri whom he described as a rare player who works hard to achieve results. “I am not surprised with what Aruna Quadri because he worked hard for it and he deserved it. Even some of my friends in Germany attested to the fact that Quadri is a world class player after his resurgence at the 2014 ITTF World Cup in Dusseldorf where he stunned the world to become the first African to play in the quarterfinal round of the championship,” Eboh said.
The Germany-based ex-international however, charged the government to give more attention to table tennis and other sports apart from football, saying, “It is only in Nigeria that football is regarded as the only sport and unfortunately football has now become a political tool in the hand of the politicians. It is time we focused on other sports that can fetch us more medals at multi-sports competition like the Olympic Games. Aruna Quadri has shown everybody that with more support, an average Nigerian athlete can become a superstar.”
For the 2014 ITTF Star Player, Eboh counselled, “I just want to urge Aruna Quadri that he should not be carried by this performance but continue to work hard to be able to fulfill his dream. He must realize that with his performance at Rio, his ranking will go up and for him to maintain his status up there, he must remain committed and continue to work harder than before.”