S’pore paddlers still gunning for two medals in London

Despite their mixed recent form, S'pore is still gunning for two medals at the Olympic Games (photo courtesy of STTA)Despite their mixed recent form, S'pore is still gunning for two medals at the Olympic Games (photo courtesy of …

Team Singapore table tennis players are still gunning for two medals at next month's Olympic Games in London.

Making this clear at a press conference on Thursday morning, Singapore Table Tennis Association chief Lee Bee Wah said that she is confident in the players' abilities.

This, despite the paddlers' mixed recent form and topsy-turvy performances in the lead-up to London.

Earlier this month, Singapore's Feng Tianwei lost the women's singles final of the Brazil Open to South Korea's Kim Kyung Ah, the latest in a string of disappointing results for the players in the sport's professional circuit this year.

This means the women's team -- which brought home a silver medal from Beijing four years ago -- has all but lost the race to be the second seeds for the London Games, which means they could face top dogs and powerhouse China before the final.

While acknowledging the tough task ahead, Lee, the member of parliament for Nee Soon GRC, said she is not about to "revise the target downwards".

"When we aim, we must aim high," she insisted. "It will take blood, sweat and tears and a great deal of effort for us to stand on the podium at the Olympics. We want to set a target for our players to fight, to give all their best."

Singapore women's team coach, Zhou Shusen, said all is not lost despite the team being beaten to second place by Japan. The key, he added, lies in getting a good draw before the competition gets started.

"If we are not drawn in the same group as China, it will still be a 50 per cent chance," he said in Mandarin.