Aruna Quadri has said his journey to his current position in the sport was tough.
The 28-year-old reached the quarterfinals of the table tennis singles event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games before crashing out in the first round of the 2016 ITT World Cup in Germany.
The France-based player said he was able to achieve his current status due to hard work and support from individuals.
“At the earlier stage of my career, the biggest problem was how to get equipment, to feed and transport myself. I must also confess that it has not been very easy at all,” he said in a statement by the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation
“But I can say that the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation President, Wahid Oshodi, brought me to the top from nowhere. He supported me in all areas of my career.”
He added, “Sometimes you get tired while training because you have no support from your government, and sometimes you get tired because despite your hard work, the results are not forthcoming. But I always have it on my mind that my hard work will definitely pay off.
“I must also say that Nigeria is not worth dying for in sports because athletes are not always supported.
“But whenever you remember how your fans are praying, supporting and cheering you on in your home country, I can conclude that the country is worth dying for.”
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