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Great Ending To Oceania Events, Says Ho

Great Ending To Oceania Events, Says Ho
The women's team Fiji silver medalist. From left, Sainimili Naivalu, Akanisi LAtu and Mere Roden. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga
April 18
11:01 2017

The four-day ITTF Oceania Championships which ended on Sunday night at the Vodafone Arena was a success, says Fiji Table Tennis Association president Anthony Ho.

He said Fiji was the first country in the region to host three table tennis competitions under one roof.

Ho said despite Fiji being a developing economy they still received positive feedbacks from International and Oceania Federation executives about hosting the events.

“From the response that I’ve been getting from the international and Oceania federation executives that watched and evaluated the tournament have been encouraging.

“They say it was one of the best tournaments they attended till date.

“The reaction of the international players and the medal presentation was of high quality. Also from our side we were able to take the bigger challenge of running three different events at the same venue. This requires a lot of planning and logistical thinking in terms of how we had to be able to complete all the events within the four day period.”

Ho also said there were some minor disruptions caused during the event but they were able to cope with it.

“It was issues like lights on the final day at the venue but in the end everyone was happy with what we had to offer them.

“Fiji is renowned for its hospitality so which is very unique from the rest of the country that has been hosting similar types of events so that’s what everyone will not forget.

“We are really happy with the level of media coverage and the support we got from all stakeholders which included government the international federation and also a number of the local corporate sponsors.

“The table tennis events have benefited Fiji in the tourism perspective.

“People have left with many happy memories, which I think is a good platform for us as we were able to accommodate so many people with disabilities,” he added.

The next event to be hosted in Fiji will be the World Cadet Challenge in October.


RESULTS: Australia’s David Powell retained his Oceania men’s cup title after defeating Kane Townsend 4-2 in the final. Vanuatu’s Yoshua Shing settled for bronze beating New Zealand’s Mathew Ball 4-2.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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