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Singapore's paddlers expect strong competition at Commonwealth Games

Singapore's Table Tennis Chief Lee Bee Wah sounded a note of caution ahead of Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, saying she expects tough fights from paddlers in India, Australia and Canada. 

SINGAPORE: Singapore's table tennis team will be put to the test later this month at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland. The Games kick off on July 23.

Despite sweeping six of the eight gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, this year's team for the Glasgow games includes several debutants, among them 20-year-old Isabelle Li and 19-year-old Clarence Chew.

Even though team captains Gao Ning and Feng Tianwei are confident of repeating their previous Games success, Singapore's Table Tennis Chief Lee Bee Wah sounded a note of caution.

"Our opponents for this round can be quite varied. For the men's team, our main opponents are from India, from the UK, and for our ladies' team, I expect tough fights coming from India, Australia as well as Canada, because they have new foreign talents. So we are studying our opponents, and we have to source around for the right kinds of sparring partners," she said.

"Everyone's feeling pretty confident, but we are still lacking on the experience front. We'll have to pay more attention to that in our regular trainings, coaching, and preparations for the games," said the women's team captain Feng Tianwei. 

The paddlers leave for Austria on Friday (July 4) for two weeks of centralised training. 

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