28 November, 2017, 12:00 am
FIJI table tennis players have been assisted by former Fiji coach Mohammed Gharib for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games starting in Vanuatu from Monday.
He coached Fiji in the 2017 World Cadet Championship which was held in Fiji in October.
Fiji Table Tennis Association president Anthony Ho said the players were looking forward to the Pacific Mini Games.
“The players have prepared well for the Pacific Mini Games and we have moved up another level with the departure of our short-term expert Mohammed Gharib from Egypt,” he said.
“He had spent two months with the players preparing them for the PMG.
“Gharib had worked overtime with the players spending hours only to improve the players so they could become more competitive and we are lucky to have him.
“We were also fortunate to have the services of Min Hyung Jee as she was the former player of Korea holidaying in Fiji and so she decided to help the players to polish up in some of the areas,” he said.
“We are blessed to have her as she was former world number 85th ranked player.”
The table tennis competition will be held in the first week of the competition before they return to Fiji on December 9.
The first contingent of athletes will depart for Port Vila, Vanuatu on Friday and the teams which travel in this lot include beach volleyball, football, golf, judo, rugby 7s, table tennis, para table tennis, lawn tennis, weight-lifting and Team Fiji headquarters officials and the medical personnel.
The first contingent returns on December 9 while the second contingent which consists of athletics, para-athletics, boxing, basketball will leave on the same flight for their respective competitions.