THAT The Federation of Philippine School Sports Associations (FESSAP) and the Table Tennis Association for National Development (TATAND) hope to find more world-class Filipino athletes in Ian Lariba’s Rio 2016 Olympic final print.
This was emphasized by former national player turned coach Julius Esposo of FESSAP and honorary president of TATAND Charlie Lim during their appearance at the 29th “Sports on Air” via Zoom.
Esposo said FESSAP, now led by president Edwin C. Fabro and chairman Alvin Tai Lian, and TATAND would work together to find and produce more outstanding young athletes who could one day represent the country in international competitions.
“We have many young and talented table tennis players who can follow in the footsteps of Ian Lariba, who represented the country at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and bring honor to the country,” Esposo said during the weekly online sports program. .
“But we have to give them proper training and exposure in both local and international competitions,” added Esposo who was joined in the forum by Lim and athlete Alexandra Dominique.
Reyes and Charles Joshua Lim of St. College of St. Benilde.
Lim, who is widely praised for the success of Lariba, former world championship participant Russel Misal and other national table tennis athletes, said TATAND welcomes the opportunity to join FESSAP in helping to develop young student athletes.
“If there is an opportunity to help a table tennis athlete, TATAND is always ready to help. Gusto natin madami pa ng mag table tennis at mag-excel. With the right program, we can earn more
Ian Lariba and Russell For example in the future,” said Lim.
“I really believe that Filipinos can excel at table tennis. Here the height is not required. Even small but it moves fast and if you are well trained you can become a world class player.
But we need to support these players so they can achieve their dreams,” explained Lim, who also played this game at Cebu Eastern College in high school and University of San Carlos in college.
Next week, the partnership between FESSAP and TATAND will take them to the 20th ASEAN University Games scheduled for July 26-August. 6 in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.
Lariba competed at the 2016 ASEAN University Games, her last tournament before the 2016 Olympics.
TATAND is the main sponsor of the FESSAP Inter-Scholastic tournament held at Robinson’s Place in Novaliches to determine members of the national team to ASEAN Universities
Games and World Student Games in Jinjang, China in November.
Charles Joshua Lim of St. Louis, Missouri, has been named to the Thailand national team. Benilde, Neo Angelo Laudato of St. Louis, Missouri. Benilde, Francis Bendebel of the National University, Romualdo Ramiro Jr. from National
University and Ken Andrei Memorial of the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta; and Alexandra Dominique Reyes, 20, of St. Benilde,
Andrea Gestosani from the University of the East and Patricia R. Lucas from the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta.