SINGAPORE - The Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) will find out on Friday whether their intention to blood young paddlers in major tournaments is supported by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).
Top players Gao Ning, Yang Zi and women's world No. 4 Feng Tianwei have been omitted from STTA's line-up for December's South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Myanmar.
In their place, the Chinaborn trio Zhan Jian, Li Hu and Chen Feng and local-born paddlers Pang Xuejie and Clarence Chew have been nominated for the men's events.
Yu Mengyu, the World Championships' women's doubles bronze medallist, will spearhead the women's team, alongside Lin Ye, Zhou Yihan and local-born duo Isabelle Li and Yee Herng Hwee.
The SNOC selection committee will meet on Friday and go through the nominations put up by the various National Sports Associations and decide who to send for the Games in Naypyidaw from Dec 11 to 22.
Said STTA president Lee Bee Wah: "You know my heart. If we keep picking the best players for major tournaments, then when will the younger ones get to experience such high-level competition?
"For the SEA Games, we have combined one set of players who are there to challenge for medals with another set who are there to gain experience.
"As in any competition, nobody can guarantee the final result, but I believe we have a good team for the SEA Games."
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