The International Table Tennis Federation has nominated Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri and three others for the 2016 Star Awards, which holds on December 8 in Doha, Qatar.
The ITTF Star Awards is an event that celebrates the world’s best table tennis players’ achievements in an outgoing year.
Quadri, a former winner of the award, is aiming for a record feat as the first player to win the award for the second time.
Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA) President and ITTF Deputy President, Khalil Al-Mohannadi, stated: “On behalf of QTTA, I am excited to be hosting the celebrations for the world’s best table tennis players in Doha, Qatar.
”QTTA have very elaborate plans for the 2016 ITTF Star Awards and everyone in attendance and fans around the world watching on TV will surely enjoy the show we have planned to honor the most important people in our sport, the athlete’s and their achievements in 2016.”
Full list of nominees
(1) Quadri ARUNA (Ngr): First ever African Olympic Games quarter-finalist. Highest ever world ranked African player at 25 in the world.
(2) FAN Zhendong (China): 2016 Men’s World Cup champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles.
(3) MA Long (China): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles and Team Champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles.
(4) Jun MizutanI (Japan): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles bronze medalist and team silver medalist, 2016 World Team Championships silver medalist, three 2016 ITTF World Tour titles.
The nominees in the women category are Ding Ning (China), Miu HIirano (Japan), Mima Ito (Japan), and Kim SONG-I (PRK).