Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has been shortlisted alongside three other nominees by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) for the 2016 Star Awards, which will hold in Doha, Qatar on December 8, 2016.
Quadri, a former winner of the award, will be aiming for a record feat as the first player to win the award for the second time.The 2016 ITTF Star Awards, in its fourth edition, will be held at the Doha’s prestigious Sheraton Hotel to celebrate the world’s best table tennis players’ achievements in 2016.
Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA) President & 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.”
The full list of nominees for the Male Table Tennis Star, presented by DHS, as listed by the ITTF Athletes’ Commission:
(1) Quadri ARUNA (Ngr): First ever African Olympic Games quarterfinalist. 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; and (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.