SASI stars aim to serve up a show in Japan, Bangkok

7 June 2019

CHAMPION athlete Sam von Einem is continuing his focus and determination to make the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics with a key competition at the Japan Open between August 1 and 3.

Hosted in Tokyo, the event will attract many of the sport's top athletes from around the world eager for tough competition and to pick up points in the bid to qualify for Tokyo.

For Von Einem he has one eye on the future and one on handling the task ahead.

"The idea again is to try to get as many points as possible," Von Einem said.

"I am keen to improve on my recent quarter finals in Slovenia. I am feeling good and keen on the next experience.''

The Japan event will see Australia field 10 athletes who are considered to be podium athletes with Von Einem the only South Aussie in the line up.

Other SASI para table tennis athletes also competing overseas in August are Amanda Tscharke, Hayley Sands, Connor Holdback and Caleb Crowden who will compete in the Bangkok Open between August 8 and 10. SASI scholar Yasir Hussaini, now working and training in Canberra, also will head to Bangkok as part of a nine-strong Australian team.

After the Japan Open Von Einem is epected to compete in the INAS (International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairment) Global Games in Brisbane, between October 12 and 19.

The games are held every four years and provide world-class competition for athletes from more than 75 countries.

Von Einem currently is fourth in world rankings in his category.

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