The continental powerhouses in table tennis – Nigeria and Egypt will lead 14 other African countries to this year’s International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Championships holding in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The qualification of the participating teams was based on their attendance to continental tournament held in Agadir, Morocco last year.
Other African countries that will join Nigeria and Egypt for the tournament are Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, South Africa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo and Tunisia.
According to the list of eligible teams to enter players for the championships, Europe dominates the list of participants with 45 nations while world champions - China will lead 37 Asian countries to the tournament.
Nigeria and Egypt also will benefit from Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar’s rankings as both players are among the top 100 in the world and this will provide the two countries the opportunity to present four players each while other countries that will have four players in the men’s event are Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and United States.
This year’s tournament holds on May 29 to June 5 and it will be organized by the Table Tennis Association of Germany (DTTB) with five individual events - Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles to be competed for at the eight-day championships.