National athletes top selection

National athletes dominated recent table tennis qualifying with Gilang Maulana and Mira Fitria topping the men and women’s rankings, respectively.

Besides the members of the national training camp, those from outside the camp and young athletes were also given their chance to join the four-day program, which ended on Wednesday, at the Senayan Table Tennis Hall.

The athletes who qualified will be groomed for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar, the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, the SEATTA Junior championship in the Philippines and the ASEAN School Games in Vietnam.

“The selection results show that the national athletes were still dominant. But they are not guaranteed places [on the team] as there are more selection stages to follow,” national coach Anton Suseno said on Thursday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said selection stages would be held every two to three months with the aim of having a final list of competitors three months before the SEA Games begin in December.

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