by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer
Now on his third appearance; at the 2018 Commonwealth Games which start in Gold Coast, Australia on Wednesday 4th April, the aim is turn silver and bronze to gold.
“The target is to bring as many medals back with us as possible. Especially the team because that is the first event and we really want the gold medal after two silver medals in a row. Also in the singles, I want to improve on my bronze from Glasgow.” Liam Pitchford
Gold, the top step of the podium is a realistic goal for the Englishman; he was key to England’s bronze medal at the recent 2018 ITTF World Team Cup in London.
“It is a great honour and I’m very proud to represent my country in such a big event. Delhi 2010 provided me with an opportunity to prove myself on the table tennis scene and win medals and that’s what I did. I am in good shape at the moment, still some small preparations to go before the start of the tournament but we will be ready to give our all.” Liam Pitchford
The destination is the Gold Coast, sandy beaches, surfing and home the theme parks such as Dreamworld; if time permits, there is plenty to see but the playing hall is the first focus.
“I’m looking forward to good matches and some high quality table tennis. I’m also looking forward to seeing Australia as I have never been there before so that should be nice.” Liam Pitchford
A challenge lies ahead; that is the nature of sport.
“I think we have quite a few players who could win the singles event, the Indian players are strong, Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna will be the top seed probably, my teammates also and of course Gao Ning. So it should be a very close and exciting tournament.” Liam Pitchford
The England Men’s Team is Paul Drinkhall, Liam Pitchford, Sam Walker and David McBeath.