By Albert Akota
Nigerian duo of Aruna Quadri and Olajide Omotayo will take part in the maiden edition of the ITTF World Tour German Open.
This was revealed by the ITTF-Africa, in a statement released yesterday.
The tournament will hold at GETEC Arena in Magdeburg from today January 28 to February 2, 2020.
Omotayo had earlier said he would compete in some of the elite tournaments this year as part of his buildup to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“I hope and believe I can make it to Tokyo 2020 because I know that my winning the African Games means more hard work and that is why I am going to compete in some of the elite tournament this year.
I am starting with the German Open with the hope that playing against the best in the world would toughen me and also help me to be in shape for the African Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tunisia next month,” Omotayo said.
Also, 2019 ITTF Africa Cup Champion, Omar Assar of Egypt will lead a six-man Egyptian continent in the men’s singles event of the German Open.
Aside Assar, other Egyptian stars expected to be in action in Magdeburg are Assar’s sibling, Khalid as well as veteran Egyptian, Ahmed Saleh. Others are Mohamed Shouman, Karim Elhakem and Mahmoud Helmy.