21 Mar 2017

A first appearance on the global scene at the 2005 ITTF World Cadet Challenge in the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic when only 12 years old; Yoshua Shing has been selected as the Standard Bearer for Vanuatu at the Opening Ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

On the evening of Friday 5th August, he will proudly lead his team into the arena in the splendid setting of the famed Maracaña Stadium.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Priscilla Tommy and Anolyn Lulu

Not only will he lead the South Pacific island delegation into the historic venue; it will be the third consecutive occasion that a table tennis player has headed Vanuatu at an Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Can any sport match that record?

In the Bird’s Nest at the Beijing 2008 Olympic, the athlete afforded the honour was Priscila Tommy; four years ago in London’s Olympic Stadium, the prestigious task was bestowed on the shoulders of Anolyn Lulu.

Famous Five

The selection of Yoshua Shing, who will be competing in his second Olympic Games, he played in London, means that table tennis will have no less than five standard bearers at the prestigious Opening Ceremony.

Olufunke Oshonaike, who made her made her debut in Atlanta two decades ago in 1996 and is competing in her sixth consecutive Olympic Games, will carry the Nigerian flag.

Likewise the female cause is represented by Austria’s Liu Jia and Ian Lariba of the Philippines; both will lead their delegations into the Maracaña Stadium.

It is a first appearance at an Olympic Games for Ian Lariba, for Liu Jia, it is her fifth consecutive such endeavour.

A debut in Sydney in 2000, it is exactly the same for Timo Boll; he carries the German flag.


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