Islem Laid grew through the rank having started as a cadet player to becoming a formidable junior player for his native country, Algeria. She had a memorable moment as a junior player when she featured at the 2010 World Youth Olympics in Singapore. But it did not much take for the Islem Laid to work her way into the women senior team of Algeria.

  She could boast of continental medal when she clinched bronze at the African Senior Cup in Cameroun in 2015 and she was an integral member of the Algerian female team that claimed bronze medal at the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville.

  At continental level, she has competed for Africa at the World Cadet Challenge and as she looking forward to her debut at the 2016 ITTF Africa Top 16, the Paris-based Algerian is hoping to make her presence felt.

  Aside the competing at the ITTF Africa Top 16 she will also be aiming to clinch one of the two slots at stake in the women’s singles of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

  “I am really excited to be part of these two tournaments and this is my first time and I think it is not going to be the same atmosphere like the other competitions in Africa,” she said.

  Recalling her efforts in Brazzaville, Islem Laid said: “In Brazzaville I played well but I met Nadeen El-Dawlatly of Egypt, who is one of the best players in Africa in the knockout stage. But in Sudan I will surely do my best again to have a better result. However, my main goal in Sudan is to qualify for Olympic Games in Brazil.”

  She acknowledge the technical edge of other top players like Dina Meshref and Nadeen El-Dawlatly of Egypt, Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong as well as Congo Brazzaville’s Han Xing, but she said: “I think I am ready for the Olympics qualification having trained twice at the Werner Shlager Academy in Austria and I had the opportunity to play against some top players while Tamara Boros and Neven Cegnar helped me so much with technique and physic.”

  Although, no Algerian has ever featured at the ITTF World Cup, but Islem Laid who is making her debut at the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup, believes she can break the jinx. I have not taken part in the ITTF World Cup and in Sudan; I will do everything within my power to achieve one of the dreams. It is either I qualify for the Olympics and making to the ITTF World Cup this year,” she enthused.