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ASPIRE TABLE TENNIS PLAYER CLAIMS ARAB TITLE

18 Aug 2017, General

Oman, 17 August 2017. Great achievements for Aspire Academy's table tennis players at the recent "Seamaster 2017 Arab Cup" in Muscat, Oman that gathered 14 countries in the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.

Aspire Academy graduate Mohamed Abdulwahhab claimed his second Arab title after his gold medal in Jordan in 2015 in the U18 (cadet) category. This year he won the junior title (U21) beating the Algerian Qara Ali Naim in the final 4-2 after a very strong match (9/11, 11/4, 11/6, 11/6, 9/11 and 11/7).

"This was the most important championship for me this year, and it was my main goal to win this tournament. It's a great achievement for myself, my country and my federation, since the tournament was really difficult from the beginning. The games were really close, but I managed to win gold in the end and that's all that matters," Abdulwahab said after his victory.

"Aspire Academy and the QTTF are the main reasons after God that I am able to do well in my sport, I'm really grateful to them and I dedicate my achievements to them," said the recent Aspire Academy graduate who describes the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as one of his next big goals in the future.

Abdulwahhab did also do well in doubles: Together with Aspire Academy student-athlete Nawaf Al Malki he reached the U21 Men's Doubles final, losing 3-0 to the Algerian team Qadra Ali Naim and Yanis Douify to finish in second place and get the silver medal (9/11, 6/11, and 11/13).

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