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Fourteen Players with Eyes Focused on Beijing
By: Marius Widmer, ITTF Media Coordinator


Nigeria's Segun Toriola, winner of the Men's Singles title at the All Africa Games in 2007  Photo By: Rémy Gros

8/22/2007        2008 Olympic Games (Click here to access this section)

Following the conclusion of the 9th All Africa Games, the twelve African participants for the Men’s and Women’s Singles events at the Olympic Games are now known.

Furthermore, two players from America can also start their preparations. The Dominican Republic’s Lin Ju and the Gao Jun of the United States can book their tickets to Beijing, both having been successful at the Pan Am Games Rio De Janeiro in July.

Lin Ju won the Men’s Singles title whilst Gao Jun captured the counterpart female crown.

Twelve African Olympians
The male African qualifiers for the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 are Nigeria’s Segun Toriola and Monday Merotohun from Nigeria, Egypt’s El-Sayed Lashin and Adel Massaad, the Republic of Congo’s Suraju Saka and Algeria’s Idir Khourta.

Meanwhile for the women, the successful players are Nigeria’s Bose Kaffo and Cecilia Otu Offiong, Tunisia’s Nesrine Ben Kahia and Safa Saidani, the Republic of Congo’s Yang Fen and Egypt’s Shaimaa Abdul Aziz from Egypt.

The next steps to Beijing according the qualification system:
January 2008: ITTF World Ranking list published following the 2007 Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals, the top twenty players from the list with a maximum of two from any one country qualify

6th – 11th March 2008: Asia Qualification Tournament, Hong Kong, China

30th March – 6th April 2008:Latin American Championships, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2nd – 6th April 2008: Europe Qualification Tournament, Nantes, France

4th – 6th April 2008: : North America Qualification Tournament, Vancouver, Canada

5th – 8th April 2008: Oceania Qualification Tournament, Nouméa (New Caledonia)

8th – 11th May 2008: Final World Qualification Tournament for Singles, Budapest, Hungary

13th – 23rd August 2008: Olympic Table Tennis Competitions, Beijing, China
 

   

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