Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 10:38 PM on Friday 25 July

/ Front page / Sport

Wati sets her target

Arin Kumar
Thursday, May 22, 2014

THE only two qualified table tennis umpires in the country are targeting to officiate in more international events.

Pushpa Wati and Shri Sharma just returned from the World Veterans Table Tennis Championship in Auckland, New Zealand that ended on May 19.

The two are among a handful of qualified umpires in the South Pacific and relish every opportunity they get to fly Fiji's flag.

Wati said it was an achievement for them to be selected to umpire some of the finals at the world event.

"A total of 57 countries participated in this event with more than a thousand players ranging from ages 40 to over 85 who competed in various age groups on 61 competition tables at the Trusts Arena," she said.

"It was a really good cultural experience because there were 57 different cultures at one place and some of those countries had not even heard of Fiji and we were there promoting our country."

Wati, who was one of the nominees for Official of the Year at the 2013 Fiji Sports Awards, said the opportunity to officiate with umpires from other countries was a privilege to her and she was willing to do it again.

"We just sat our umpiring exams which were very difficult and we would like to fly Fiji's flag at other international events."

Meanwhile, Fiji was represented at the tournament by Xiu Xi Ling, Zang Bei Yan, Lou Go Jin and Liu Jin Yuan.

They competed in the over 50 and over 60 men's singles categories and also teamed up to play doubles in the over 50 age category.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Illegal Fijians in Tonga
  2. Tafunai confident
  3. Step down, says FLP
  4. Farms infested
  5. Yams for security
  6. Medical assistance
  7. Impacts of climate change and NCDs
  8. Waibola action
  9. Dialysis centre
  10. Hope to woo music producers

Top Stories this Week

  1. Railway soldiers Monday (21 Jul)
  2. Playing 'enemy' Tuesday (22 Jul)
  3. No 'free education', says party Wednesday (23 Jul)
  4. 911 let-down for homeowner Monday (21 Jul)
  5. Police find tyres Monday (21 Jul)
  6. Calls for support Tuesday (22 Jul)
  7. $24,000 payout a lifeline for family Tuesday (22 Jul)
  8. $70m plan Wednesday (23 Jul)
  9. Warning for teachers Thursday (24 Jul)
  10. Groenewald: Brutality video under investigation Thursday (24 Jul)