Table tennis event hailed a success

Tuesday June 12, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Turkey’s Ozge Yilmaz competes in the junior girls’ fi nal on Saturday at the Bluesky Sports Arena. 18061012 Turkey’s Ozge Yilmaz competes in the junior girls’ fi nal on Saturday at the Bluesky Sports Arena. 18061012

Table Tennis Cook Islands is pleased with the outcome of the international events it hosted at the Bluesky Sports Arena last week.

Three major international table tennis tournaments were held here, attracting teams from as far afield as India, Panama, Iran, Turkey and China.

Table Tennis Cook Islands president Tearoa Iorangi said the turnout of the teams was pleasing.

He said the competition level was also high, especially with top nations such as China competing in the event.

From June 1 and 2, the Oceania Table Tennis Championship was held, followed by the World Junior Circuit from June 4 to 7. The road to the Youth Olympic Games qualification on June 8 and 9 then concluded the week-long tournament.

“It was quite an interesting tournament, with a high calibre of performances from the competing teams,” Iorangi said.

“Some matches went down to the wire, especially in the finals of the road to the Youth Olympic Games qualification.

“It was also pleasing to see some teams rising up to the occasion and in particular the Philippines, which arrived into the country without their luggage but still managed to put on a good performance to win the junior boys singles event on the final day.”

The Cook Islands team also did well, winning a gold and two bronze medals in the Oceania Championship and World Junior Circuit.

Iorangi said the tournament provided the local players with an opportunity to improve on their techniques and style to become better in the sport.

“It was a good learning experience for the local players. They had the opportunity to compete against some of the best players from around the world in their grades and they have certainly learnt a lot,” he said.

“Cook Islands as a destination also received good exposure, especially with the overseas teams coming in and enjoying their stay and hospitality here.

“The feedback I received from the visiting teams was they really enjoyed the tournament and their stay in Rarotonga.”

Following the success of the recent meet, Iorangi said they were hoping to host similar events, including an international open tournament, in the near future.

He thanked Edgewater Resort and Spa for their sponsorship in accommodating the overseas teams.

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