Nigeria‘s hope of winning a medal at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games suffered another setback after Aruna Quadri got beaten 4-2 (15-13, 9-11, 6-11, 11-7,7-11,5-11) by Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi in the third round of the Table Tennis competition on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
This was Quadri’s first game at the Games after earning byes to help him get an automatic third-round spot. The Nigerian was dominant in the first set before losing the second and third sets. He came back in the fourth set, but he was no match for the Brazilian in the fifth and sixth sets.
The 32-year-old Nigerian was one of the medal hopefuls for the Africa nation, following his exploits at various table tennis competitions in the past, heading into the Olympic Games. Quadri had an eventful outing in the last Olympic Games in Rio 2016 where he was knocked out in the quarter-final by the tournament number one seed, Chinese player Ma Long.
Nigerians might have to rely on 51kg female wrestler Odunayo Adekuoroye for a chance to win a medal at the Games. Adekuoroye won a medal at the 2018 Common Wealth Games.