Nigeria’s tennis team were on Thursday  drawn against China in the first round of the men’s team event of  the  Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Nigeria, who are ranked 14th out of the 16 teams in the event, will play tournament  favourites China in their first match  on August 12. But the singles event will begin on Saturday.

Segun Toriola, Aruna Quadri and Bode Abiodun will aim to pull off an upset against the   Chinese side, who will be led by world number one, Zhang Jike.

“The draw is  really tough. I believe that we can cause an upset against China because we aren’t in Brazil for fun but I have to say that it will be very difficult,” Abiodun  told our correspondent.

“I also believe we will learn a lot from the match. The new playing system introduced by the ITTF has given the 16  teams an equal opportunity to make it to win. We  will surely try our best.”

In the singles draw,  Toriola will begin his campaign against Czech Republic’s Prokopcov Dmitrij on Saturday while Edem Offiong  battles  Fiji Island’s Yee Sally for a place in the main draw. Funke Oshonaike will also play  Lebanon’s Sahakian Mariana.

Quadri will compete on Sunday in the round two of the men’s single.

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