Sally Yee and Jian Fang Lay to kick off Oceania’s Table Tennis campaign at the Tokyo Olympics.
July 23, 2021
Fiji’s Sally Yee and Australia’s Jian Fang Lay will kick off Oceania’s table tennis campaign at the Tokyo Olympics. Sally will take on Guyana’s Chelsea Edghill on table 1 and Jian battles it out with Cuba’s Daniela Fonseca this Saturday the 24th of July at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gym, 9:00 am local time.
Sally made her Olympic debut in 2016 in Rio. At her second Olympics in Tokyo, she hopes to make Fiji and her family proud.
“This journey has not been easy and there were times when things really got tough but I’m thankful that I have the full support of my family”, says Yee
Drawing her inspiration from her mother and former National Champion Harvi Yee, Sally started playing table tennis when she was 9 and fell in love with the sport.
For Sally table tennis is a family affair as her sisters and both parents are also involved in the sport.
Sally first represented Fiji in 2013 and has been a regular member of team Fiji ever since. In 2016, Sally competed in the ITTF World Junior Championships, ITTF World Championships and made her Olympic debut.
Jian was selected in the Australian national team in 1994 and made her debut in 1995 for Australia. This will be her sixth Olympic appearance.
This makes her second only to Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike who is playing her sixth Olympic Games in Tokyo.
At 48 years of age, Jian becomes only the second Australian athlete to compete in six Olympic Games. This is a phenomenal achievement, further cementing Jian Fang Lay as a legend of Oceania Table Tennis.
With her long pips and smooth twiddling style, Jian has forced some of the world’s best players into tricky situations on many occasions. No doubt she will use some of her incredible experience and tactical prowess to work her way through this year’s Olympic draw.
ITTF-Oceania would like to wish Sally Yee, Jian Fang Lay, and all Oceania athletes the best with their games during this Olympic Games.
List of Oceania Table Tennis Athletes and Events.
Jian Fang Lay (AUS) Women’s Singles + Women’s Team
Michelle Bromley (AUS) Women’s Singles + Women’s Team
Melissa Tapper (AUS) Mixed Doubles + Women’s Team
Xin Yan (AUS) Men’s Singles + Men’s Team
David Powell (AUS) Men’s Singles + Men’s Team
Heming Hu (AUS) Mixed Doubles + Men’s Teams
Sally Yee (FIJ) Women’s Singles
Yoshua Shing (VAN) Men’s Singles
For draws, results and more info visit
The dates and times of our Oceania athletes’ first games can be found below.
|Sat, 24 Jul 9:00||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 1||Women’s Singles Preliminary Round FIJI YEE Sally GUYANA EDGHILL Chelsea|
|Sat, 24 Jul 9:00||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 4||Women’s Singles Preliminary Round AUSTRALIA LAY Jian Fang CUBA FONSECA Daniela|
|Sat, 24 Jul 11:15||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium||Mixed Doubles Round of 16 FRANCE LEBESSON Emmanuel / YUAN Jia Nan AUSTRALIA HU Heming / TAPPER Melissa|
|Sat, 24 Jul 15:00||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 2||Women’s Singles Round 1 POLAND PARTYKA Natalia AUSTRALIA BROMLEY Michelle|
|Sat, 24 Jul 15:45||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 4||Men’s Singles Round 1 ROMANIA IONESCU Ovidiu AUSTRALIA YAN Xin|
|Sat, 24 Jul 19:30||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 4||Men’s Singles Round 1 ARGENTINA CIFUENTES Horacio VANUATU SHING Yoshua|
|Sat, 24 Jul 21:00||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 3||Men’s Singles Round 1 CZECH REPUBLIC SIRUCEK Pavel AUSTRALIA POWELL David|