NEW Fiji Table Tennis coach Mohamed Gharib Kotb has lifted the national squad's preparation to new heights in the first two weeks of being in charge.
And players have dropped out because of the intensity of training during the first two weeks of training for the upcoming Oceania Youth Olympic Games qualification tournament in Cook Island later this month.
Only the best survived the test and only eight players took part in the trial and have been awarded with tickets to the Cook Islands event which starts on May 22.
Leading the pack is Young Jun Park who was part of the national men's team that won bronze at the Pacific Cup, few weeks ago.
Jun Park and Diego Ranuku will form a strong partnership in the junior events for the World Junior Circuit and World Junior Teams qualifications and also try to book a spot at the Youth Olympics which will be held at Nanjing in China in July.
Jun Park who has already undergone high level training in Europe and Korea has easily adapted to the new intensity and absorbed the teachings, tactical and technical advice and training routines while Diego has shown immediate improvements to his game and focus.
Fiji Table Tennis Association president Anthony Ho said there were improvements on the performance of players under the new coach.
"While we have received complaints of the tough training from many circles, our young national reps have seen some great changes to their skill level and match play, thanks to the new training environment brought about by our new coach," he said.
"Our gratitude to the government and Fiji National Sports Commission for providing this timely opportunity as we prepare for our major competitions in 2014, 2015 and beyond."
The young Fiji team is made of upcoming players such as Jun Park, Ranuku, Ashutosh Sharma, Vincent Wu, Young Jae Park and Vicky Wu.