Samoa  Has High Hopes For A Medal In Badminton

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Hopes are still high that Samoa will win a medal in the badminton mixed double competition.

Team manager of Samoa’s  Badminton Team Tomasi Peni is confident that Samoa will improve on its current fourth place. Samoa is behind Tahiti which is leading, with New Caledonia and Fiji closely behind as second and third respectively.

Badminton is a top sport for these countries, according to Peni

Samoa played against Northern Marianas and won one game, has won all three games against Kiribati but  lost all games to Tonga.

Peni said badminton in Samoa has progressed well since its revival in 2017.

“There was no national coach but we thank China for stepping in and our players were taken to China and received coaching there,” Peni told Newsline.

Mixed team events will continue today and individual events will start on Thursday and continue to Saturday.

Seven countries are competing in badminton. They are Tahiti, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Northern Marianas, Tonga and Kiribati.