From January this year, Omar Assar started his hunt for laurels at the ITTF African Senior Championships when he claimed the men’s singles.

In June, he increased his diadems to by retaining the men’s singles title at the ITTF World Tour tagged Lagos Open while in July at the ITTF Africa Senior Cup in Cameroon, he braved the odd to clinch the men’s singles title and secured a place at the 2015 ITTF World Cup in Sweden.

In the history of the African Games, Nigeria has dominated the men’s singles title with Segun Toriola the most successful player having won the men’s singles in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007. However at the 2011 African Games in Mozambique, Omar Assar broke the jinx to inscribe Egypt’s name in the annals of the games’ history.

With few weeks to the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville, Omar Assar is still keen of clinching the men’s singles medal.

“I am very excited and can’t wait to participate in the African Games for the second time after my debut in 2011. I really do wish that we can play well and more medals in Congo Brazzaville this year,” he said.

The 24 year-old Egyptian believes with the present form of the team, they are capable of amassing more medals this year. “We are trying our best in the preparation physically and technically to reach our peak performance soon and I believe that we will all perform very well. Of course winning is very important to build up the confidence so I am even more confident now that I am going to perform and play my best table tennis in Brazzaville 2015 while my new world ranking made me very happy,” Assar said.

With the North African at present in China tuning up for the games, he said: “I am focusing on my preparation in China now and trying to make my game more difficult and stronger and I wish to perform better than 2011 for sure.”

He admitted that Nigeria and Congo Brazzaville are still the major threats. “Nigeria has a good team and we are studying them at the moment. We are also aware of the strength of the Congo Brazzaville and we are trying to find some new possibilities to perform well against them.”

On the new Chinese stars acquired by the host – Congo Brazzaville, he said: “The new Chinese players will add more fun to the competition and will make it interesting to follow by the people. I have respect for them and the rest of the players too.”

Apart from the titles that Assar is eager to win, he said: “I want to also enjoy the tournament in terms of organization and to make it as funny as possible. I am also interested in making new friends from all the other sports too.”