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Table Tennis Raises Fiji’s Profile: Tuitubou

Table Tennis Raises Fiji’s Profile: Tuitubou
Team Fiji at the opening of the Oceania Table Tennis Championships at the Vodafone Arena, Suva on April 13, 2017. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sports
April 14
11:25 2017

The ITTF Oceania Table Tennis Championships with 12 participating countries officially got underway at the Vodafone Arena, Suva yesterday.

Speaking during the opening Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou said it was a proud moment for Fiji to host the tournament.

“These events are indeed a great opportunity for developing island nations like Fiji to host,” he said.

“We have three high profile events taking place simultaneously at a single venue– ITTF Oceania Para Table Tennis Championship, the Oceania Cup and the ITTF Oceania Junior Championships.

“This will certainly raise Fiji’s profile and most importantly, the profile of table tennis in the region,” Tuitubou said.

He also announced that Fiji would be hosting the ITTF World Cadet Challenge in October.

“This is important as we seek to become the sports hub of the Pacific and we continuously strive to achieve the highest standards, maintain the best facilities as well as strengthen broadcasting capabilities, marketing and technical skills to attract more world sanctioned events here.” he added.



Fiji’s para athlete Navitalai Bai feels it is a great opportunity to compete in the 2017 ITTF Oceania Table Tennis Championship.

He said this is the best platform for the sport to get the much-needed exposure.

“This is my first time and it’s an honour to represent Fiji,” Bai said.

“My aim is to better my skills since I’m new to the sport and I know it will be a great opportunity to learn from other experienced disabled players.”

The 27-year-old who hails from Macuata said top para athlete Mere Rodan is his greatest inspiration.

“Mere has been advocating table tennis for some time and she encouraged me to play the sport. I call on my peers around the Pacific that there are no limits in playing this sport.

“It is for everyone, the disabled, those in wheel chair, for the deaf and even the blind.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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