Hope for tennis

Fiji table tennis player Xuan Carolyn Li during a training session in Suva. Picture: Jona Konataci

Fiji table tennis player Xuan Carolyn Li during a training session in Suva. Picture: Jona Konataci/FT FILE

Fiji Table Tennis Association (FTTA) is hopeful that its Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) will see its male and female athletes compete at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to be held in France.

FTTA secretary Carolyn Li said to prepare well for the Olympic Games under many limitations caused by the pandemic and other challenges would not be easy.

“We will continue to adjust to the changes and bring resources to our athletes at a higher level as we see high potential in our athletes and we still have a lot of room to improve. We will use every experience as a base for preparation for the next Olympics in 2024,” Li said.

“2024 is not far and we look forward to bringing both our men and women athletes to compete on the biggest stage in Paris 2024.”

She said they had young athletes who had taken inspiration from Olympian Sally Yee.

“Our up and coming athletes before COVID-19 were constantly training and playing in local competitions and were improving well. Despite the recent lockdown, we continued to encourage our athletes to remain not only safe, but also fit.”

Li said one of their biggest challenges would be to focus on the mental preparation of athletes towards competition.

FTTA had its first taste of Olympic competition when Yee was selected for the 2016 Summer Olympics Games in Rio.

She was eliminated in the preliminary round after competing against Nigerian Offiong Edem.

At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Yee was eliminated in the preliminary round against Guyanese Chelsea Edghill and it was obvious that despite putting up a strong challenge, the lack of match play in her preparations impacted on her performance.

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