Nigeria tennis star Aruna Quadri has been drawn bye in the first round of the qualifiers at the Rio 2016 Olympics following his current placing on the ITTF rankings.
The ITTF on Tuesday made the announcement on their website ahead of the draw for the team event of the Games on Wednesday.
Quadri was listed among the top 32 players in the singles event of the Rio Olympics and will start his campaign in the second round.
In the August ranking released by the ITTF on Monday, Quadri remained the best player from Africa despite sliding to 40 from 38 while continental rival, Egypt’s Omar Assar dropped to 55 from 41.
For the men’s singles event of the Rio Olympic Games, Quadri is rated 27 while Assar dropped to 37.
The Egyptian will start his campaign from the first round like Segun Toriola. The second Egyptian, Khaled Assar, will also start in the men’s singles from the first round.
In the team event, Nigeria may be drawn in same group with top teams as they are the third lowest ranked team in the men’s team event. Sixteen teams will battle for laurels in the team event while the teams will be drawn into four groups of four teams in each group. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinal stage.
International Table Tennis Star Player of the Year 2014, Aruna Quadri, has secured a bye into the second round of the qualifiers at the Games.