Haruna Qadri

Haruna Qadri – Top Table Tennis Player’s Biography

This post is about Haruna Qadri, the first African table tennis player to be ranked top 10 worldwide.


  • Born in Oyo, Nigeria, on August 9, 1988
  • Married to Ganiyat Olatunde-Aruna
  • Currently ranked 16th among table tennis players in Africa

Read on to discover the full biography of Quadri Akinade Aruna, including his personal life, career, and more.

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Who Is Haruna Qadri?

Quadri Akinade Aruna, aka Haruna Qadri, Rocky Aruna or Quadri Balboa, is a professional table tennis player born on August 9, 1988.

Personal Life (Early/recent)

Haruna Qadri attended Oba Adeyemi High School, Oyo, where he represented the State and the Oyo East LGA at several competitions. His religious belief is Islam.

He is a proud father of three children and married to another table tennis player: Ganiyat Olatunde-Aruna.

Career – An Highlight of Winning in the Olympics, WTT, and ITTF African Championships

Haruna has represented Nigeria in several table tennis competitions, including the Summer Olympics 2012, Summer Olympics 2016, and Summer Olympics 2020. He preferred the attack playing style in table tennis.

Haruna was ranked #30 in World Table Tennis (WTT) in 2014. As a result, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) referred to him as the Star Player of the Year.

His team also won bronze at the Commonwealth Games of the Year 2014.

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Here are several competitions that Haruna Qadri had competed in and either won or lost:

Olympics 2016

In the Olympics Men’s Singles event of 2016, Haruna won the first round, defeating a Slovakian player, Wang Yang (4-1). In the second round, he defeated Chuang Chih-yuan (4-0), which was quite an impressive win.

Haruna Qadri also defeated a German player, Timo Boll (4-2), in the third round, qualifying him for the Quarter Finals. He passed the Quarter Finals and proceeded to Semi-Finals.

Haruna’s team (including himself, Bode Abiodun, and Segun Toriola) lost the Team event to Team China (0-3).

ITTF African-Cup 2017

  • Haruna won the 2017 ITTF-African Championships after defeating Omar Assar (4-3) in the Finals. He had already defeated an Algerian player, Naim Karali (4-1), in the Quarter-Finals.

An Egyptian player, Mohamed El-beiali, also lost to Haruna (4-3) in the semi-finals.

World Table Tennis Championships 2017

  • Haruna Qadri also competed in the WTT Championships of 2017. He defeated Gustavo Gómez (4-0). However, he lost the second round to a Danish player, Jonathan Groth.

ITTF African-Cup 2018

  • Haruna participated in the 2018 ITTF-African Championships but lost to Omar Assar after reaching the finals. He had defeated Derek Abrefa (4-0) in the Quarter-Finals, as well as Ahmed Saleh (4-1) in the Semi-Finals.

World Table Tennis Championships 2021

WTT Contender Doha 2021:

  • Lost 3-1 to Lin Yun-Ju in the quarter-finals

World Table Tennis Championships 2021:

  • Lost 2-4 in the quarter-finals of the WTT Championships in Houston, TX, USA, to the Swedish Truls Moregardh
  • Haruna Qadri won the Outstanding Sportsman of the Year Award at the Nigerian Sports Award 2018.

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Haruna Qadri remains one of Africa’s best table tennis players and has been known as such over the years.

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