Nigeria’s Table Tennis team comprising of Aruna Quadri, Segun Toriola and Bode Abiodun will today return to table as they tackle powerhouse, China in the first round of the men’s team event at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics.
The Chinese team who are the defending champion will be led by world number one, Ma Long as well as teammates – Zhan Jike and Xu Xin as they begin their title defence against the Africa’s champion.
The Chinese trio of Ma Long, Zhan Jike and Xu Xin are ranked number one, four and three respectively in the world against Nigeria’s lowly-ranked side led by Aruna Quadri rated 40th in the world.
China dominated by claiming gold and silver medals in the men and women singles events and they will be aiming to add the team events to their laurels but they will have to start with Nigeria later today.
Also, Africa’s flagbearers in the women’s team event, Egypt will also be in action today against star-studded Singapore in the first round tie.
In other men’s team matches, Great Britain will battle France – a repeat of the round of 16 encounter at the last World Team Championship in Malaysia. Sweden takes on the United States while host – Brazil will slug it out with Korea Republic.
In the women’s team matches, host – Brazil will battle defending champion, China while Germany takes on United States.
Winners of the first round match progress to the quarterfinal stage of the championship with the table tennis event ending on August 17.
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