Vokai To Bring Good Luck To World Challenge

By definition a mascot is supposed to bring good luck, which is why "Vokai" was chosen to be the mascot for the 2017 ITTF World Cadet Challenge which will be held at the Vodafone Arena, Suva from the 21st to the 29th of October.

Vokai is the Indigenous name for the endangered Crested Iguana found only in Fiji and is also the name of the 2017 ITTF World Cadet Challenge mascot.

Fiji Table Tennis President Anthony Ho said they wanted to showcase something that was special and endemic to Fiji only.

"Also because Fiji is drawing attention to climate change we wanted to go draw attention to the vokai which is an endangered species in Fiji," he said.

Meanwhile, teams from all over the world have slowly started to gather in Suva to prepare for the World Cadet Challenge.

Mr Ho said teams from the Oceania and Europe regions have already started familirising themselves in Suva.

"And on the 19th of this month we expect the contingent from Africa to arrive and on the 20th the rest should be in the country," he said.

He said those that are in the country have been practicing daily at the Vodafone Arena.

“We also have an Oceania Team that will feature Fiji’s Grace Yee in the girl’s team and Vicky Wu in the boy’s team,” Mr Ho said.

“Both players will not feature for Fiji but we have some up and coming athletes that I know will perform well during the Challenge.”

Fiji will play host to 42 countries representing six continents and will feature over 60 athletes and officials.

The ITTF World Cadet Championship will feature the world’s best under 15 players which will also see a Hopes Team participating.

The Hopes Team will comprise of Under 12 players from all over the world.

The Girls’ Team comprises Singapore’s Zhou Jingyi, Anna Hursey of Wales, Swathi Giri of the United States and Brazil’s Giulia Takahashi; the Boys’ Team is formed by Iran’s Navid Shams, Germany’s Tayler Fox, Australia’s Nicholas Lum and Egypt’s Omar Ehab.

The event could well be on the way to breaking Fiji sport’s record. With players, managers, and technical officials from over forty countries attending, it looks like being the most diverse sporting event to take place in Fiji’s history.


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