The African Table Tennis Federation AATTF) have listed legendary Nigerian table tennis stars Aruna Quadri, Segun Toriola, Funke Oshoanaike for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers in Tunisia with others athletes to jostle for final place in the mundial.
The qualifier which is the final opportunity for African players to be in Tokyo, will see players compete in the singles and mixed doubles which will hold from February 27 to 29.
Also listed for Nigeria by ATTF are Olajide Omotayo and Offiong Edem.
ATTF stated that eight players made up of four men and four women in singles including one mixed doubles pair will qualify for the Olympic Games in Tunisia.
While Quadri and Omotayo will slug it out in the men’s singles, Oshonaike and Edem will feature in the women’s singles. And in the mixed doubles Nigeria will be represented by Oshonaike and Toriola.
Toriola will be aiming for eighth Olympics appearance as the first African athlete while Oshonaike will be targeting seventh outing as the first African female player.
According to the prospectus, the singles event (men and women) shall be played in a round robin system with the players expected to be drawn into groups of four based on the decision of the jury.
From the first stage, the winners and runners-up of all groups will be drawn in the second stage to play another round robin system to decide the top four positions that will qualify for the Olympic Games.
The mixed doubles event shall be played in a simple knockout from the beginning to the final and the winning pair will directly qualify to Tokyo 2020 as Africa’s representative.
The allotment of the players in groups will also be based on the latest African ranking list for February 2020 in singles and mixed doubles, while all matches in all stages for all events to be best of seven games.