Friday, July 18, 2014

Bronze will do fine

THE national table tennis squad are ready to retain their women’s team bronze medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, while the men look to improve on their eighth place finish of 2010.

Table Tennis Association of Malaysia (TTAM) executive director and coach Soong Poh Wah said the team have prepared well and they are all looking forward to a good outing.

“Our target is to retain the women’s team bronze medal we won in New Delhi four years ago.
“Of course it is no easy task, and it will depend on the draw and our players’ form on the day.

“All our players have just returned from a one-month training stint in China, and our last phase of preparation looks good as well,” said Poh Wah, who will travel to Glasgow with the eight-member squad on Saturday.

Poh Wah added that senior paddlers Beh Lee Wei, 31 and Ng Sock Khim, 30 will be the ones who will help push the Malaysian women’s team forward at the Games.

“These are our senior players who have done well for us at the previous Games.

“Sock Khim only resumed training two months ago after undergoing surgery late last year for a knee injury.

“She started training slowly but has returned to full fitness. Hopefully, she can help us achieve our target.”

On the target set for the men’s team, Poh Wah said: “We have set a target for the men’s team.
“We finished eighth at the previous Games, and this year, we want to improve on that.

“Players’ form can go up and down, and hopefully, the men will be able to do better this year.”


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