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

Vanuatu’s Yoshua Shing and Fiji’s Sally Yee during a practice run at the Tokyo Olympics. Picture: (Sally 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. 

Jian Fang Lay

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 

https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/olympic-games/en/results/table-tennis/olympic-schedule-and-results.htm

The dates and times of our Oceania athletes’ first games can be found below.

Start TimeLocationEvent
Sat, 24 Jul 9:00Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 1Women’s Singles Preliminary Round FIJI YEE Sally GUYANA EDGHILL Chelsea
Sat, 24 Jul 9:00Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 4Women’s Singles Preliminary Round AUSTRALIA LAY Jian Fang CUBA FONSECA Daniela
Sat, 24 Jul 11:15Tokyo Metropolitan GymnasiumMixed Doubles Round of 16 FRANCE LEBESSON Emmanuel / YUAN Jia Nan AUSTRALIA HU Heming / TAPPER Melissa
Sat, 24 Jul 15:00Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 2Women’s Singles Round 1 POLAND PARTYKA Natalia AUSTRALIA BROMLEY Michelle
Sat, 24 Jul 15:45Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 4Men’s Singles Round 1 ROMANIA IONESCU Ovidiu AUSTRALIA YAN Xin
Sat, 24 Jul 19:30Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 4Men’s Singles Round 1 ARGENTINA CIFUENTES Horacio VANUATU SHING Yoshua
Sat, 24 Jul 21:00Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 3Men’s Singles Round 1 CZECH REPUBLIC SIRUCEK Pavel AUSTRALIA POWELL David