January 10, 2018

Fiji are preparing for the upcoming season with their sights set on the Commonwealth Games. (Photo: ITTF World)

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are less than three months away, and the Fiji Table Tennis Association has their fingers crossed that a team of six will be heading to the Games.

“We haven’t confirmed any players for the 2018 Commonwealth Games yet as we are waiting on the response for the request for a six member allocation,” said Anthony Ho, President of the Fiji Table Tennis Association.

“We have been allocated four spots, two men, two women but we have requested if we could have three in each category to allow us to compete in the doubles, singles and mixed events.”

The extra two places at the Games would be a big boon for the Fiji squad, who have seen increased exposure in the the international arena over the past few years thanks to a focus on high performance development. More players attending the Commonwealth Games could provide the national team invaluable experience.

Those players selected for the Commonwealth Games will have their sights set on the upcoming ITTF-Oceania Championships. Two days of competition will be held at Oxenford Studios, the venue for table tennis events during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth games. Local athletes form the region will look to capitalise on the opportunity to compete in the venue before any other athletes.

“We have the Oceania Championship in March so it would be a good opportunity for the athletes to get some experience and feel on how they could better their individual performances,” said Ho.

Team Fiji is just coming off a short break from training but are ready to ramp up their on table time as the competition season fast approaches.

“In terms of preparations, the players continue to train and compete for eleven months of the year and currently having a short four weeks break before training commences in mid January.”

Wether the team be four or six athletes, Fiji will be ready for the Games come April.

 

Source: Fiji Sun