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Sport Table Tennis
CGA Nigeria   
Gender Men
Born 09 Aug 1988 in Oyo, NGR
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Aruna Olatunde Olateju Ganiyat, three children
Residence Madalena, POR
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up table tennis at age seven in 1996 in Oyo State, Nigeria.
Why this sport? "It was just for fun at first but I never knew how it would turn out. After training for three years in Oyo, Nigeria, I went to Lagos to play my first tournament. It was then I realised that I wanted to play the sport professionally."
Club / Team TTC RhonSprudel Fulda-Maberzell: Germany
Name of coach Qing Yu Meng [club]; Nasiru Bello [national], NGR
Handedness Right
General Interest
Nicknames The Forehand (ITTF, 26 Apr 2015)
Most influential person in career His family, and his first coach Oluwole Abolarin. (bbc.com, 12 Jun 2015; phatill.wordpress.com, 15 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol Nigerian table tennis player Atanda Musa. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Tests are inevitable but patience is optional." (Facebook profile, 17 Apr 2020)
Awards and honours He was named 2014 Male Table Tennis Star and Table Tennis Star Point Winner at the 2014 International Table Tennis Federation [ITTF] Star Awards held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (ITTF, 07 Jan 2015; bbc.com, 12 Jun 2015)
Milestones In 2017 he became the first African player to compete in the European Champions League when he suited up for Sporting Lisbon. In the same year, he also became the first Nigerian to win a title at a Challenge Series event when he claimed the singles title at the 2017 Polish Open in Czestochowa. (ittf.com, 29 Aug 2017, 16 Oct 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 15 Jul 2020)
Famous relatives His brother Femi Aruna and wife Aruna Olatunde Olateju Ganiyat have both played professional table tennis. (allafrica.com, 05 Dec 2015; phatill.wordpress.com, 15 Feb 2016)
Ambitions To win medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (henationonlineng.net, 09 Aug 2017)