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Table tennis hope for medals

By Mark Etheridge

Our six table tennis representatives head east to the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India on Sunday with definite medal hopes.

A sport that often flies under the radar compared to the big sports, table tennis will hope to be noticed after the games.

The all-male squad is made up of Luke Abrahams, Theo Cogill, Kurt Lingeveldt, Itumeleng Molahloe and Shane Overmeyer. They’ll be accompanied by para-athlete Aletta Moll who competes in the wheelchair division.

Said manager/coach Sameera Maal (the other coach is Marcus Gustafsson) on the eve of the team’s departure: “Our team are currently ranked 12th in the Commonwealth.”

“They’ve just spent a month in China preparing for the Games and we are hoping for a bronze medal at these Games.

“Aletta’s best Commonwealth result is a silver medal but I hope we can improve that to a gold medal. She has been attending training sessions at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria in preparation for the Games. She’ll also participate in the World Championships in Korea after Commonwealth.

“There are no injuries at this point and I hope it stays that way.”