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Slim hope for Park

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, May 29, 2014

THE Fiji Table Tennis Association narrowly missed the opportunity to send a team to the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China later this year.

The national junior champion Young Jun Park lost in the semi-final of the World Junior Circuit held in the Cook Islands earlier this week.

Fiji is represented by Jun Park, Diego Ranuku, Ashutosh Sharma, Vincent Wu, Young Jae Park and Vicky Wu in the junior boys, cadet boys and junior girls' categories in the circuit.

Association president Anthony Ho said despite the loss, Jun Park had one more event to try and qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.

"Although, it is a much harder competition with players from Russia and Sweden also included," Ho said.

Fiji recorded better performances in other events in the circuit which also has teams from Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Cook Islands participating.

"The cadet girls' team of Sally Yee and younger sister Grace will be playing New Caledonia in the finals of the World Junior Circuit cadet girls' teams event. Both teams have remained undefeated," Ho said.

"In the cadet boys' teams, the Fiji team of Vincent Wu, nine-year-old Vicky Wu and 13-year-old Young Jae Park have reached the consolation finals against New Caledonia."

In the junior boys' team, Fiji's Jun Park, Ranuku and Sharma have reached the consolation finals against a Russia/Kiribati composite team.

In the World Junior Teams qualifications, Fiji junior boys team finished third behind New Zealand and Australia after defeating New Caledonia 3-1.

In the girls' competition, Fiji lost to New Caledonia 1-3.

"All New Zealand teams are in great form in the main finals for the junior boys and girls and the cadet boys after upsetting strong Swedish and Australian teams in the junior events."

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