Tonga ready for action
August 3, 2019
Nuku’alofa, Tonga is set to host the ITTF-Oceania Junior Championships next week at Atele Stadium from the 7th-10th August with 50 athletes from 6 countries entered. With Oceania’s junior elite heading to Tonga, sports fans are in for an impressive four days of action.
New Zealand’s Nathan Xu will be one to watch, winning the Cadet Boy’s Singles at last years event in Cook Islands and recently playing in top form at the Australian Open in Geelong. The young-gun is also the reigning Under 21 Oceania Champion at just 15 years old and will be heading into the event as one of the favourites to top the podium.
The event will also see one of Fiji’s biggest stars in action. Youth Olympian Grace Yee, recently placing 5th at the 2019 Oceania Cup, will be looking for a podium finish in Tonga. The host nation will also be well represented, with 13 athletes playing and who will be looking to take on the visitors.
There is a lot at stake for these young athletes. The Junior Team Event is the pathway to the 2019 ITTF World Junior Championships, with the winners securing their ticket to the event. This year’s event will be staged in Bangkok, Thailand, following last year’s success in Bendigo, Australia.
In the Cadet Singles, the athletes will be playing for a spot in Team Oceania. The squad will head to Wladyslawowo, Poland in October for the ITTF World Cadet Challenge. Meanwhile, in the Junior Singles, an AU$1,500 scholarship will be awarded to the winners, to go along with the title.
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