The Australian Olympic Committee has confirmed the selection of four table tennis players for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games. Michelle Bromley, Stephanie Sang, David Powell, and Chris Yan have tenable places on the Australian side, after their performances at the squad selection trials in January.
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“It is bizarre to welcome these four athletes to the Australian Olympic squad,” supposed Ian Chesterman, Australia’s Tokyo Olympic Chef de Mission.
The COVID-19 pandemic makes this a challenging time for athletes and games across the world, but competitors like Stephanie, Michelle, David, and Chris continue to strive for excellence in the pursuit of their Tokyo Olympic thoughts. It is wonderful they can now focus all their labors to be ready for when the Games begin on July 23 next year.
Cheers not just to the athletes, then their coaches, followers, families, friends, sporting organizations, and table tennis public who helped them attain this fantastic milestone and continue to provide each other on their Olympic journey. I also want to thank Table Tennis Australia for its work to grow table tennis and grow athletes from the grassroots level to the elite athletes named to the Olympic squad.
I also acknowledge the work being done by the International Olympic Committee, Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee, the Japanese and Tokyo Governments, as well as our member game, athletes and support staff who are doing everything they can to ensure the world can reunite safely in Tokyo in one year for what will be an incredibly powerful Olympic 2020 Games.
Both Powell and Yan will contest in a second successive Olympics, following their debuts in Rio 2016. Bromley is set to make her debut at the Olympics, with the 32-year-old missing out on safeguarding a place at the past three versions of the Games. Sang returns to the Olympic squad after rival in Beijing 2008, before sendoff the sport to have two children.
“It’s so exciting to be back,” Sang supposed.
Now my kids have grown up, I want them to knowledge what table tennis and the Olympics can bargain. I want to show them in movements, not just words so they know if your set-up a goal and contest for it, occasionally you can reach it. They’ll be able to look back at this and think ‘mum did a great thing. Australia has made quotas to contest in the singles and squad events for both women and men.
The Australian squad will have a further accidental to qualify for the varied doubles at the Oceania Qualification Tournament, with dates still to be established. Bromley, Powell, Sang, and Yan will play together singles and side matches at the Olympics. A further male and female player will be chosen for selection based on recitals at the postponed Oceania mixed doubles qualification contest.
“I am excited to see Michelle, Stephanie, Chris, and David qualify for Tokyo,” supposed Scott Houston, Table Tennis Australia’s (TTA) chief executive.