Tournaments

13 Jan 2020

Disappointed at not qualifying for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games; it is the source of motivation for Great Britain’s Tin-Tin Ho at the forthcoming 2020 ITTF World Team Qualification Tournament.

She lines up alongside Charlotte Carey and Maria Tsaptsinos at the five day tournament which starts in Gondomar, Portugal on Wednesday 22nd January.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Tin-Tin Ho is 21 years old, the youngest member of the team, Maria Tsaptsinos is 22 years of age; one year older, Charlotte Carey is the senior member.

Only nine places available for Tokyo 2020, seeded no.25 amongst an entry of 30 teams, it is a quite dauting task for the young British outfit; a fact of which Tin-Tin Ho, currently studying at Nottingham University, is well aware.

“I think it will be a very tough competition with the highest standards but if we all play to the best we can; then who knows what happen, I think we can have a chance.

My ultimate goal would be to qualify for the Olympics; win the National Championships and to really improve my level on the international scene.

It is athletes’ dreams when they were young, including mine to compete at the Olympic Games. I narrowly missed out on the Youth Olympic Games, which was also a dream of mine, which makes competing at the Olympics an even larger dream.

I have been preparing at my club in Linz, Austria. I have been working on lots of match play which involved changing the type of training I would do, which I implemented last year in Nottingham. I feel like all the experiences in the past and my training has prepared me well for the tournament. I believe the team feels the same.

Table tennis has given me the discipline, perseverance and confidence in life which I otherwise may not have developed. It has served me well in other areas of my life. Of course I have made some of my best friends through table tennis. It has helped me become aware of some things in the World which I experienced through travelling.

As my dad was the reason why I began table tennis, along with my brother, Ping, it has also given something in terms of our family bonding.”

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