With the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games over the weekend, 2 of the 4 athletes representing Vanuatu competed in their respective disciplines.
Vanuatu’s Yoshua Shing lost to Mexico’s, Marcos Madrid, (4-0) in the Preliminary Round.
“Thanks Everyone for the support, I gave everything I had, I fought very hard but it wasn’t good enough to win the Game.
“I want to thank VASANOC, ITTF Oceania, my teammates, my family, my Country and all my friends around the world for believing in me. I respect all of you.
“Last and most importantly, all praise and Glory to the Most high for everything He has done and curious to
see what He will do next,” Shing posted on his Facebook page.
Shing was Vanuatu’s flag bearer for the Rio Games; it will be the third consecutive occasion that a table tennis player has headed Vanuatu at an Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
In the Bird’s Nest at the Beijing 2008 Olympic, the athlete afforded the honour was Priscila Tommy; four years ago in London’s Olympic Stadium, the prestigious task was bestowed on the shoulders of Anolyn Lulu.
As for rowing, Vanuatu’s Luigi Teilemb, came out 32nd out of 32nd in the Single Sculls Rowing with a time of 8:00.42.
Vanuatu’s hope for Rio 2016 as replacement for Italy, after player Viktoria Orsi Toth was tested positive for doping, was denied, despite numerous effort.
Here is a post from the Team on their Facebook page, “Unfortunately, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said we didn’t prove our case.
“She said it was not proven adequately that drug cheats should not be exceptional cases for the purposes of the athlete replacement policy. We would like to thank Craig Carracher, President Oceania and Australia Volleyball and CDM in Rio, Allan Kalfabun and our Lawyer for your hard work to file our case to the CAS.
“The only win here is that our case highlights to the world that beach volleyball is no longer a clean sport and Vanuatu will fight for ‘Fair Play’.
“Russia after having majority of their athletes banned for doping, saw on Saturday 8 Australian rowers flown in to replace Russian rowers, which is a case yet to be answered, as the circumstances involved were similar.”