KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 -- The cancellation of several local and international table tennis tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic has given senior woman paddler Ho Ying the opportunity to work on improving her performance as she chases a qualifying ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to be held next year.
The 25-year-old paddler said she still continued to train diligently to ensure she would always be in top form although there are no tournaments scheduled for this year due to the pandemic.
“Usually, we will practise with trainees from China here. But the players from China are not able to come here now due to the enforcement of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and the ban on foreigners from entering the country,” she told Bernama recently.
“Although there won’t be any tournaments this year, I’m not disheartened as I will continue to work hard to earn a qualifying spot to the Olympics next year.”
In the meantime, she advised youngsters not to be easily discouraged by the cancellation of several tournaments this year and to instead keep giving their best in training sessions to correct their weaknesses in preparation for next year’s championships.
Ho Ying’s last competitive tournament was at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines, where she failed to deliver any medals.
Her best achievement was winning a bronze medal with Karen Lyne in the women’s doubles event at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Malaysian National News Agency
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