African champion and one of the world’s most promising players, Egypt’s Omar Assar, will be among the contestants at the maiden edition of the Lagos International Table Tennis Classics holding this month.
Assar’s participation was confirmed to the Main Organising Committee by the Executive Director, Egypt Table Tennis Federation, Hesham Abou-Hashish, on Saturday.
The Mediterranean Games champion is ranked 60th in the world and he is the highest ranked African player in the world.
At the 2013 World Team Classic, Assar won crucial matches against top players like Zhe Yu Clarence Chew of Singapore and Patrick Franziska of Germany, which gave Egypt the bronze medal.
He also displayed an outstanding performance in the 2013 World Championships held in Paris where he defeated Romania’s Adrian Crisan in the round of 32; but fell against Robert Gardos of Austria in the next round.
Tournament Director, Ranti Lajide, said Assar’s presence would add glamour and make the tournament more competitive.
“This is one player that spearheaded the dominance of Egypt senior team over Nigerian. He is one player from Africa capable of becoming a world champion,” Lajide said.