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Olympic Games: Lam Siu Hang, a vital role to play

Tuesday 01 June

Presently listed in seventh place on the ITTF Table Tennis World Ranking, the combination of Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting may well prove vital for the hopes of Hong Kong at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Play in the six day event is scheduled to commence on Sunday 1st August.

Additional to their global status, three ITTF World Tour men’s doubles titles plus twice the runners up at the Grand Finals, endorses the fact that they can compete against any partnership faced in a major tournament.

Turning the clock back, following the first three fixtures at the ITTF World Qualification Tournament staged in Gondomar, Portugal in January 2020, the duo remained unbeaten; Lam Siu Hang being the player to complete the line-up.

Two engagements remained in order to gain the one precious remaining place; continue with the selection, a good start and they were one step nearer the goal.

The good start was gained but not as expected and one cannot criticize the selection; against both Slovakia (Lubomir Pistej, Alexander Valuch, Wang Yang) and the Czech Republic (Lubomir Jancarik, Tomas Polansky, Pavel Sirucek) imposing 3-0 wins were secured. The mission was complete, the reservation had been made.

Notably, the change was Ng Pak Nam replaced Lam Sui Hang and partnered Ho Kwan Kit in the doubles; Wong Chun Ting was detailed to compete in the potential two singles matches.

In Tokyo, Lam Sui Hang has gained the nod, he is the player who will line up alongside Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting in the Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Is that a surprise considering Ng Pak Nam remained unbeaten in Gondomar and responded in the critical engagements? Perhaps not, had Lam Sui Hang not done enough in the Portuguese city to maintain his place?

Against Singapore, in the opening contest he beat both Clarence Chew and Josh Shao Han Chua in a 3-2 overall win. The one further Hong Kong success came in the doubles with Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting accounting for Josh Shao Han and Pang Yew En Koen.

Notably, Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting lost both their singles matches; Ho Kwan Kit to Pang Yew En Koen, Wong Chun Ting when facing Clarence Chew.

An opening round success, in the next adventure a 3-2 defeat was the outcome in opposition to Serbia. Again, Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting secured the doubles, they beat Zsolt Peto and Marko Jevtovic but once more, both lost their singles matches. Ho Kwan Kit was beaten by Marko Jevtovic, Wong Chun Ting by Dimitrije Levajac; the one further win for Hong Kong was gained by Lam Siu Hang, he overcame Zsolt Peto, having early lost to the in-form Dimitrije Levajac.

Later in a 3-1 win against Poland, Lam Siu Hang lost to Jakub Dyjas but overall, five matches played, in an Olympic competition, three wins was no mean performance.

After three fixtures, it was two better than his colleagues. Against Poland, Ho Kwan Kit and Lam Siu Hang accounted for Marek Badowski and Samuel Kulczycki, before Wong Chun Ting overcame Marek Badowski and Ho Kwan Kit defeated Jakub Dyjas.

Perform similarly in Tokyo, for Hong Kong a place in the later rounds is a distinct possibility.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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