Wong drops round of 16 match at Olympic qualifiers

—Finds himself in must-win situation today in order to qualify

Miguel Wong

Seventeen-year-old Miguel Wong, who is currently participating at the Youth Olympics lost his lone match on day one of the qualifiers in Paraguay.

Wong, who drew a bye in the first round, lost to Khaled Khader of Jordan 1-4 in their round of 16 battle.

Khader took the first two sets 7-11, 9-11 while Wong took the third 11-9 before eventually surrendering the final set 5-11.

Wong, who will have one final opportunity to qualify for the Youth Games set  for October 6-18, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, told Stabroek Sport that while the day didn’t go as planned, he still felt a measure of accomplishment in the way he competed.  “The day didn’t go as planned,” he said.

“The players here are world class who have been playing on the world and junior circuit at multiple international events whereas I only play local tournaments in Guyana,” he added.

“Nevertheless, my game is right up there but lacking competitive performances and experience which I only obtain from playing in Guyana and not abroad. Taking games off world class juniors shows the potential/talent is there but it’s not nursing properly,” Wong told Stabroek Sport.

The qualifying tournament gives winners of day one and two automatic qualification to the Youth Olympic Games.

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