On Wednesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Table Tennis Canada named the two athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in table tennis at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21
The two athletes selected are two-time Olympian Mo Zhang and London 2012 Olympian Eugene Wang. The team is coached by Wang Zhi.
The North American Olympic Qualifier took place April 8-10, 2016 at the Pan Am Centre in Markham, Ontario. The qualifier consisted of three individual competitions - one to be completed on each of the three competition days - to determine qualifiers for the Olympic Games in Rio and potential reserves. While Wang had no problem qualifying for the men’s singles on the first day, Zhang had to wait for day two to qualify to represent Team Canada in women’s singles at the 2016 Olympic Games.
A three-time medallist at the Pan Am Games, Zhang just finished her training in Linz, Austria and played in the 2016 Croatia Open. Wang, who won singles bronze at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, finished his season with his club Jura Morez in the French League and will be competing at the Korean Open and the Japan Open during the month of June. Both athletes will be training in China throughout the month of July before arriving in Rio on July 31.
Table Tennis at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is scheduled to take place from August 6 to 17 at the third pavilion of Riocentro. Around 172 table tennis players (equally distributed between men and women) are expected to compete in both the singles and team events.
At Rio 2016, Canada will field a team of more than 315 athletes.
The table tennis team which will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:
Eugene Wang, Ottawa, ON - Men’s Singles
Mo Zhang, Chilliwack, BC - Women’s Singles
Men’s Coach - Zhi Wang, Saarbrücken, Germany
Prior to being named to the final Canadian Rio 2016 Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations.
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