Fiji’s table tennis hope

TABLE Tennis players Vicky Wu and Grace Yee have a very bright future in the sport says Fiji Table Tennis Association president Anthony Ho.

The duo are competing in the 2016 World Cadet Challenge tournament in Shanghai, China.

Ho said it was the best competition for upcoming players.

“They will get a massive experience from the competition,” he said.

“The boys team is coached by Brett Clarke who was also a former Fiji coach in 2015. The girls are guided by Cathy Gauthier who is the coach of New Caledonia team. So our players are in good hands and they will learn a lot.”

Wu and Yee have teamed up with the other players from the region for the competition.

“The competition is a breeding ground for champions as some world champions are the product of competitions in the past,” he added.

The competition has produced players such as Grand Slam champions Zhang Jike and Ma Long both from China.

The International Table Tennis Federation chief executive officer Glen Tepper said the competition had a lot to offer to the players.

“Cadet challenge is one of the ITTF staff’s favorite event because it combines education, training and competition as well as teaching young players how to work together and co-operate with people of different cultures and languages,” The ITTF website reported.

“There will be eight teams vying for gold at the World Cadet Challenge in Shanghai: one team from each of the six continents which are Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Oceania, a Hopes team (comprising of the best young talent around the world), and China as the host team, with four boys and four girls in each team.

“The teams have been through a three-day training camp from 21-23 October under the coaching of Chen Bin, the coach of reigning world and Olympic champion Ding Ning.”

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