|September 5, 2018
International elite headline the entries making their way to Suva. Duel Olympian Yoshua Shing will be flying the flag for Vanuatu as he makes his first appearance on the ITTF-Oceania Tour. A previous medallist at the ITTF-Oceania Cup, Shing will be looking to claim some points on his way to securing a spot at the 2019 edition of the event.
New Zealand’s Nathan Xu will be one to watch taking the court in Fiji as a wildcard for the title. The Kiwi is headed to the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games in October, so will be in top shape heading in to the event. The young-gun is also the reigning Under 21 Oceania Champion at just 14 years-old, so certainly knows how to tangle with older opponents. Fiji could provide Xu the opportunity to start making his name in the senior category.
The event will also see Fiji’s biggest stars in action. Olympian Sally Yee, who is now living and training in Japan, has come back home to compete in the tour. She currently sits on top of the ITTF-Oceania Tour Points List after taking the title in Tonga and will look to extend her lead on home soil. It could be up to Sally’s sister to cause the upset. Grace Yee, who is off to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games next month, will be one of the favourites to top the podium.
Papua New Guinea will also be represented with Geoffrey Loi headed to Suva, fresh back from a training stint in China. In total representatives from six nations will be in action once the ITTF-Oceania Tour | Fiji gets underway, making for a unique event in Suva.
With six stops across the continent and over AU$18,000 in prize money up for grabs and a ticket to the ITTF-Oceania Cup, the ITTF-Oceania Tour looks to be a game changer for the region, and Fiji may be the biggest event yet.