Miguel Wong hoping to have better performance at Junior Pan Am Games
For close to a month now, Miguel Wong has been in constant preparation at the Topspin Tischtennis Centre in Germany.
What has added to his preparation is his participation in the Senior Pan American Championships in Peru last week. In addition, he has been training with the Peruvian National Team which will also be heading to Cali for the Pan American Games.
As such Wong has been assiduously preparing for the Junior Pan Am Games.
Discussing his rigid preparation with this publication, Wong has said his preparation is well rounded. “I’m very excited, eager and humbled to be amongst the first Guyanese table tennis players to represent Guyana at these games. So far, my preparation is good, I’ve spent a little over three weeks in Germany at a high-performance camp in Munich, where I’ve been engaging in almost daily training with members and teams from all over Latin America and Europe,” Wong stated.
He added this about his preparation: “I’ve had the opportunity to train and spar with members from the other associations that are currently here in Lima, and this will help boost my preparation heading into the Games.”
The 21-year-old has told Guyana Times Sport that he has been able to grasp a lot from his Senior Pan Am outing, which has heightened his expectations for the Junior Games. “I expect a great showing on my behalf. I hope to put my best foot forward and try to reach as far as possible at the Games,” the table tennis player expressed.
“(With) my experience from playing in the Senior Pan American Championships in Lima, I’ve been able to highlight and pinpoint certain areas of my game that I find need a bit more tuning, and pay a little bit more attention towards heading into the Cali Games,” he disclosed.
In concluding his discussion with Guyana Times Sport, Wong noted that he is proud of his recent showing, and is looking to get better at the next one. “It was a great experience to be at the Senior event here. I got to see the level that is needed to compete at these Senior events, and it was overall a great experience,” Wong said about the Senior Championships.
On a similar note, he continued, “I put my best foot forward; unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, I lost 4-2 to a player from Peru. But overall, I was happy with my performance, and now is just time to tighten a few minor aspects of my game as we prepare for Cali.”
Wong is part of a 22-athlete Guyanese delegation to the Junior Pan Am Games, which will begin today in Colombia. (Jemima Holmes)