Vanuatu’s Table-Tennis stars – Yoshua Shing & Anolyn Lulu – have qualified ON MERIT for the 2012 Olympic Games in London!!

 This was confirmed by the International Table-Tennis Federation (ITTF) by letter to VASANOC on 16 April.

 VASANOC CEO, Henry Tavoa, says, “This is the first-fruit of the NODS Program ( established by VASANOC in 2003 with the sole purpose of “qualifying Vanuatu Athletes for the Olympic Games firstly by merit…”. He added that even though it has taken 9 years, patience has paid-off and it’s rewards are indeed sweet…”

 Even though their names have been synonymous with Vanuatu Table-Tennis and Sports, for these two Athletes, it is a bitter-sweet reward given that the team to the 2011 Pacific Games did not win a single Gold Medal but it is the news that every athlete for a sport in the Olympic Games want to hear in Olympic Games year.

 It is indeed the highest pinnacle of their careers and especially so for Anolyn Lulu has won everything in her sport that could have been won by a Ni-Vanuatu Athlete except for this prestigious one – to become an Olympian!

 While Shing’s career is still on the high, this is Lulu’s swansong event and to finish it on a high is a dream come true since she started representing Vanuatu 13 years ago.

 Tavoa ended by saying, “It is not just the beginning of a new page for them, it is the writing of a whole new book for Vanuatu"

We acknowledge all the support given towards NODS and for them from their Families, their Federation, ITTF, VASANOC, ONOC, Olympic Solidarity, IOC, and Sport In Vanuatu – nothing is impossible!”


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