Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun were at their best at the weekend as they helped their club, Sporting defeat ADC Ponta do Pargo to win the Portuguese table tennis Super Cup, a fourth title in a row despite the absence of team’s Captain, Joao Monteiro. Having lost their opener in the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Champions League away to Borussia Dusseldorf, Sporting’s trio of Aruna Quadri, Diogo Carvalho and Bode Abiodun checkmated ADC Ponta do Pargo to retain the Portuguese Super Cup.Sporting were on the losing side away to Borussia Dusseldorf in the ETTU Champions opener but the Portuguese side lined up Quadri, Diogo Carvalho and Abiodun against ADC Ponta do Pargo in the encounter held at the Municipal Pavilion of Nespereira, in Cinfães. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was a re-energised Quadri who started the onslaught for Sporting with a 3-1 (7-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-9) bashing of Énio Mendes, Carvalho increased the lead for Sporting with a convincing 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-3) win over Sahed Idowu. Abiodun completed the rout for Sporting with a 3-0 (14-12, 11-5, 11-5) victory over Vítor Amorim.Being the fourth year in a row that Quadri and Abiodun will be lifting the trophy with Sporting and the Lisbon-based team continues to erase their own record having won the title for 13th time more than any team in Portugal.For Quadri, the win serves as a god preparation for this week’s ETTU Champions league tie at home to Czech Republic’s TTC Ostrava. “We are indeed looking forward to the Champions League match on October 11 at home and we hope that this win will give us the needed motivation to do well against the visiting Czech side. “Despite losing the first match away to the defending champion, we are still hopeful that we can make it from the group but I must also admit that we missed the presence of our captain, Joao Monteiro who is yet to recover from the injury he copped before the start of the European Championships in Alicante, Spain. I am confidence that we can do well against the visitors when we clash this week in Lisbon,” Quadri said.Sitting at the bottom of Group A of the Champions League, which has defending champion – Germany’s Borussia Dusseldorf and former champion, France’s AS Pontoise Cergy, Sporting hopes to rediscover their form which saw them making it to the semifinal in their maiden outing in the lucrative league.
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North and South Korea have agreed to pursue a joint bid to host the summer Olympics in 2032.The bid was agreed by South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a meeting in Pyongyang.The two nations have fielded joint teams at major events and won a first gold together at August’s Asian Games. India, Australia, China and Indonesia have also expressed interest in hosting the 2032 Games.South Korea staged the Winter Olympics this year, and the capital Seoul hosted the 1988 Summer Games.North Korea’s May Day Stadium is the largest in the world with a reported capacity of 150,000.The bid is part of improved relations between the two nations after decades of hostility in the wake of the Korean War in the 1950s.The two nations marched together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in February and competed as one team in ice hockey.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram