SINGAPORE, 30th Oct – Over 150 junior players and table tennis fans got to meet the stars of T2 Asia Pacific Table Tennis League at a special event held at the Singapore Table Tennis Association’s headquarters in Toa Payoh this afternoon.
Among the star players present was six-time Olympian Vladimir Samsanov who in July became the first player in any discipline to win in every continent – Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania – on the ITTF World Tour. The crowd favourite, who extended his lead at the top of the all-time list of ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles winners to 27 titles in July when he won the Australian Open, shared with the young audience about the format and unique features of the world’s most exciting table tennis league, T2APAC. The evergreen warrior also revealed to the fans that he would like to appear in a record-breaking seventh Olympics in Tokyo in three years time.
Joining Samsanov was Korean ace Jeong YoungSik (who was ranked world number seven earlier in the year), 2016 World Junior champion Shi Xunyao of China and compatriot Liu Fei, a renowned chopper, and captain of Team JJ, Chinese great and two-time world champion Jiang Jialiang.
Paddlers from the national junior development squad had a chance to experience enjoy a Kill Zone game (race to five points) with the T2APAC stars and also enjoyed a Q&A session with Samsanov and Jiang to learn more about their secrets to success.
“I’ve come to Singapore many times and I always enjoy myself,” said Samsanov. “Singapore has great training facilities and good coaches and sparring partners. Young players have to work hard in practice and have that self-belief in order to achieve their goals. Injuries can happen very easily and players must learn how to prepare themselves whether for practice or competition.”
Added Liu: “This is my first time to Singapore for such an event. The table tennis fraternity in Singapore seems very supportive of their sport. There are many young fans here today and its good for them to learn from the greats like Samsanov and Jiang.”
Following the sports exchange with members of the national junior development, there was a friendly match between Team T2APAC and Team Singapore represented by Clarence Chew, Pang Xuejie and Lin Ye. Samsanov beat Chew in five games to claim the first point for Team T2APAC, before Pang defeated Jeong 3-1 and Lin Ye toppled Liu 2-1.
Beside enjoying the live-streamed matchup between Team T2APAC and Team Singapore, members of the audience also got to bring home T2APAC merchandise through fun quizzes and games. The event ended with a meet and greet where all fans got to take selfies with their favourite players and take home autographed T2APAC posters.
T2APAC Season One resumes this Wednesday with Round Six action at the purpose-built T2Cavern located in Pinewood Iskandar Studios in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The Grand Finals of this USD2 million mixed team competition takes place on