Vanuatu table tennis player makes record second time Olympic qualification


first_imgInternational Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has confirmed on Tuesday, April 12, that Shing has qualified on merit for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In 2015 Shing was one of the 12 potential athletes from the developing nations of the world that was nominated by the ITTF With the Future in Mind Program Road to Rio. The Objective of the program is to assist elite athletes in their preparation and qualification for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio 2016. Shing has trained in Sweden for two-and-a-half months between October — December 2015 and again in February 2016 before the Oceania Olympic Qualifications in March held in Melbourne, Australia. This is the second time that Shing has been qualified on merit for the Olympics. First was in London 2012 and 2016 but the 3rd Olympic Games that Vanuatu Table Tennis participated from 2008 Beijing — Priscila Tommy, 2012 — Yoshua Shing and Anolyn Lulu and 2016 — Yoshua Shing. This is the first time for an athlete in Vanuatu to qualify on merit twice for the Olympic Games, an achievement which Vanuatu Table Tennis Federation (VTTF) is very proud of. Vanuatu Table Tennis would like to thank the ITTF With the Future in Mind Program for seeing the potential in our athlete and sponsoring him in preparing him towards the Olympic Qualification, which he participated and has qualified.VTTF would also like to thank the Oceania Table Tennis Federation, VASANOC, Chinese Government for the support given to make their and Vanuatu’s dreams for Rio come true. VTTF would also like to say a big thank you to Shing for his passion, effort, hard work that he has put into his training and competition which now put Vanuatu on the list of the XXI Olympiad, Rio 2016. VTTF lastly would like to say thank you to the family and fans of table tennis that have shown him the support he needed.(Yoshua Shing of Vanuatu serving at the 2014 ITTF-Oceania Cup & Championships. Photo courtesy of Andrew Perryman | Bendigo Weekly)last_img read more