Aruna Quadri crashes out of Table Tennis World Cup after first game (file image)

Nigerian tennis star Aruna Quadri became the country’s culture advocate by speaking on the quality of his forehand, which makes him a threat to opponents, in Yoruba language in a new promo released by ITTF for the 2019 World Championship.

Being one of the top eight players selected across the world for the new promo released on Wednesday, February 20, by the world body, Quadri, a quarterfinalist at the Rio 2016 Olympics, is touted as one of the star players fans are yearning to watch in Hungary come April.

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“Quadri Aruna’s thumping power strokes and terrific topspin are what he is known for, but there’s a lot more than first meets the eye to the reigning African Champion,” ITTF said in its description of the Nigerian.

ITTF stated that the promo was a must-watch for anyone interested in sport or anyone who appreciates the power of video and cinematic film.

“The video promo is the biggest ever ITTF production and it serves as the perfect way to prepare mentally for the greatest ever table tennis event, the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Championships, to be held from April 21-28 in Budapest, Hungary,” the world body stated.

“For behind each action: each swing of the arm, each flick of the wrist, each shift of balance from one foot to another: there is a myriad of decisions made. Decisions which separate the best from the rest.

“Spell-binding imagery and audio of the highest production quality will leave you captivated, as the players take you away on an unchartered journey deep into their game plans, all while speaking in their native tongue (supported by English subtitles).

“Already, world and Olympic champion in women, China’s Ding Ning started the first episode of a seven-part series and it run until the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in April.”

Other top stars expected to feature in the promo are Bernadette Szocs (Romania), Ma Long (China), Hugo Calderano (Brazil), Manika Batra (India) and Timo Boll (Germany).