PORT MORESBY, July 2 – Players from New Caledonia and Tahiti will again dominate play on the tables at the 2015 Pacific Games, as both nations look to defend their titles in Port Moresby.
At the 2011 Games in New Caledonia the hosts topped the table tennis medal count – winning three gold, in men’s doubles, women’s singles and women’s doubles – and eight medals overall.
Tahiti finished second, winning men’s singles and mixed doubles as well as taking silver in three events.
The brother-sister combination of Ham and Anolyn Lulu (VAN) are the rest of the Pacific’s best chance at breaking New Caledonia’s and Tahiti’s hold over gold.
The experienced Lulus will be hoping to improve on Vanuatu’s one medal silver medal from the 2011 edition of the Games, with Anolyn – Vanuatu’s flag bearer from London 2012 – also playing a leadership role in the wider team.
At Port Moresby 2015 there will be 12 table tennis medals on offer.
The standard singles and doubles men’s and women’s events as well as a mixed doubles tournament will be played in addition to both men’s and women’s sitting and standing para events and men’s, women’s and mixed team events.
The Port Moresby 2015 table tennis event will be played at Caritas Technical Secondary School beginning on Friday, July 3, 2015.
For information about table tennis tickets call the Pacific Games ticket hotline on 180 2015 or download the ticket purchasing guide.