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Big Day for Fiji Table Tennis

Big Day for Fiji Table Tennis
From left:Para Table Tennis player Mere Rodan,FBC TV Manager Operations Vinal Raj and Fiji Table Tennis Association president Anthony Ho during the press conference of FBC TV partnering with fiji table tennis for the ITTF regional events next week.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
April 05
11:29 2017

The Fiji Table Tennis Federation aims for a successful finish at the three different Oceania Table Tennis competitions to be staged at the Vodafone Arena, Suva next Wednesday.

The competitions are:

 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and Oceania Para Table Tennis

 Oceania Cup

 2017 ITTF Oceania Junior championship.

FTTF president Anthony Ho said yesterday it’s going to be an exciting week.

“The three regional events are big which will also serve as qualification events for all world titles,” he said.

“For the first time in Fiji we are having the Oceania ITTF championship which involves people with disabilities. We have fifty-five disabilities attending the event. This is the qualification event to the World Para championship as well as qualification to the 2020 Para Olympics.”

A team of 17 disabled athletes led by paralympian Mere Rodan will represent Fiji.

“The ITTF Oceania Cup is the premier event in the Oceania region and will involve the top eight men and women elite athletes in the region. Also it involves a prizemoney of $40,000 in Australian currency so everyone taking part in the event will take home a good sum.”

The Fijian elite team will be led by Olympian Sally Yee and her sister Grace.

“The 2017 ITTF Oceania junior championship consist of two different age groups under-15 and under-18 and they are both qualification events. The under-18 qualification is to the world junior championship to be held in Italy later in the year, while the under-15 grade will be to the 2017 world cadet challenge which Fiji will host in October,” he added.

Ho confirmed that four girls and three boys will participate in the U15 grade while three girls and three boys for the U18 grade.

“This is historical to have three different events hosted in the Oceania region. This is the largest Oceania event to be hosted in the region.”


FBC TV seals deal

FBC TV will be the official broadcaster for the competitions. FBC TV manager Vinal Raj said they were excited to support table tennis.

“FBC TV is proud to be associated with the event, to do our coverage on FBC TV and our radio stations, we are also working closely with ITTF to do in-depth coverage for the three events.

“All these events will be broadcasted on FBC TV and will be on live stream as well,” Raj added.

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