JTTA: Selection System to be Revamped for Paris 2024

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A writeup on Hayata. Getting 3 gold at ATTC 2021 was the point when Hayata felt she could give CNT players a challenge.

「一度たりとも手を抜いたところを見たことがない。絶対良い選手になる」誰もが認める不変の人柄「五輪金メダルで恩返し」誓う卓球女子のエース早田ひな
https://nishispo.nishinippon.co.jp/article/815852?rct=others
 パリ五輪へと至る道のりにおいても、時を追うごとに手応えは増していったという。「私自身は(2021年の)アジア選手権で3冠をとった時のひなの感触はこれはもしかして中国選手とも本当の意味で勝負できるかもしれないと感じ始めていました」と言う。その後に始まった選考レースにおいても「過酷な時の流れの中でも世界卓球で銅メダルを獲得できたことで、それまでの道のりも自信となり、未来を照らしてくれているようにも感じました」とともに不断の努力を重ね、上を見据えて着実に歩みを進める「まな弟子」の姿に目を細めた。

 いよいよ今夏に迫るパリ五輪。「ひなが幼少の頃から夢見ていた舞台で試合ができることを大変うれしく楽しみです。また私の父と母が口をそろえて言います。『ひなは卓球は強くなって、心は優しくて、子供達や私たちにたくさんの幸せをくれる私たちの誇りだよ』と。今度は周りをたくさん幸せにしてくれているひな自身が、その舞台で最高の笑顔で輝けるように全身全霊全力で支えていきたいと思っています」と決意を込めた。誰よりもひたむきに卓球を向き合い続けた日本のエースだ。強い思いを抱き、多くの人の願いを背負い、花の都に向かう。
 
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Instead of pulling the rank, Hirano wants to play her role of senpai well enough that Harimoto can rely on, if only a bit.

Thinking back on her first WTTC back when she was 15 and how she was chosen partly because she showed promise and was young (both Hirano and Ito were selected by recommendation), Hirano feels Harimoto was selected probably because of her strength, unlike her. Harimoto says she is not thinking too much about the Olympics right now since this is her first WTTC and so wants to work hard with the same feeling.

【卓球】平野美宇が〝同門〟の張本美和を全力サポート「少しでも頼ってもらえるように」
https://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/articles/-/291629
 パリ五輪代表予定選手に選出された平野と張本は、8日に都内で公開された世界選手権団体戦(16日開幕、韓国・釜山)に挑む日本代表の公開練習に参加。8強入りを果たせば五輪団体の出場権と五輪シングルス2枠を得ることができる重要な一戦を前に、早田ひな(日本生命)、伊藤美誠(スターツ)と並んでチーム最年長の平野は「五輪の前哨戦でもあると思っている。五輪に向けてどういう準備をしたらいいかを本気で臨むことによって、見つかるものだったりが増えてくると思うので、五輪のような気持ちに臨みたい」と決意を口にした。

 平野が初めて世界選手権の舞台に立ったのは15歳のころ。張本の心境を理解できるからこそ、積極的にサポートしていく予定だ。「私が15歳の時は、期待とか、若いから選んでいただいた感じがあったけど、張本選手は多分実力で選ばれてると思うので、また私の時とは違うのかなというふうに思う」と冷静に語りつつも「すごく強いけど、まだ初めてというところもあるので、できるだけ自分がしっかりして、少しでも頼ってもらえるように頑張りたい」とお姉さんらしい一面をのぞかせた。

 そんな頼もしい先輩方とともに共闘する張本は「世界卓球の準備をしているので、あまり五輪については考えていないが、五輪に向けて、まずは世界卓球が初めてなので、同じような気持ちで頑張れたらいいなと思う」と力強く決意。平野の手助けを自らの好プレーにつなげ、チームを勝利に導くことはできるか。
 
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Sounds like some bad blood happened hence the no coach on the bench decision. I wonder how much of Ito’s mother bares responsibility of her triumph and now decline….
Probably more than we realize. Mariko-san, Hirano's mom, revealed in the Morning Show on 2024/1/29 how she had held in her feeling in the past 2 years.

I remember Hirano's mom appeared on TV after Hirano was announced as the 3rd member last time and how she encouraged her to play her role well and support her teammates as best as she could.

平野美宇の母・真理子さん、LINEで吐露した美宇の本音を公開「彼女の心を受け止めてあげられる家族でいたい」
https://hochi.news/articles/20240129-OHT1T51070.html?page=1
 
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More comments from Yahoo Japan users on Ito's "I'm the only current gold medalist" statement.

伊藤美誠 パリ代表発表を前にイベント参加「現役選手で金メダルを獲っているのは私だけ」「どんどん上を」
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/9e7e56cf95b9222202ec60cc7103eb435c6e6604/comments
りー4日前
>現役選手で金メダルを獲っているのは私だけ

そうですけど、それは前の五輪のときであって、現実はシングルスの代表は取れなかった訳ですから、切り替えて団体でがんばりたいと言ってほしい。
>I am the only active athlete to have won a gold medal.

That's true, but that was at the previous Olympics, and the reality is that you couldn't make the singles, so I want you to switch and say that you want to try your best in the team.

mas*****5日前
一連の言動で、この人の事はあまり応援出来ないな・・・
I can't really support this person due to her actions and words...

tak********5日前
だから 
勝った人にスポットライトあてろよ
負けた者にはいらないよ
So 
Shine the spotlight on the winner
I don't need it for the losers

y**n****4日前
そう言う発言が余計というか、子供だなって思う。
I think it's superfluous to say that, or rather, it's childish.

ken********4日前
やはりこの娘は愛されないキャラだな。
コメントがダサい。
石川佳純はどん底まで追い詰められても
愚直に前に進むコメントをしていた。
代表になるために
過去の栄光にすがるのはいかがかなと思う。
磨かなけばならなかったのは卓球ではなく
メンタルであり感謝の心。
After all, this girl is an unlovable character.
The comment is lame.
Even if Ishikawa Kasumi was cornered to the bottom
she made a comment that she was honest about moving forward.
To become a representative
she thinks it's a good idea to dwell on past glories.
It isn't table tennis that has to be polished
but mindset and gratefulness.
 
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Hirano and Ito are becoming parables of what to do and what not to do.

With Ito's history of ditching partners both on and off court, does she bear responsibility for the Tokyo lineup as well? As much as we like to blame Ishikawa, I wonder how much of a say Ito had in not playing with Hayata after WTTC 2019, and how much that impacted JNT's decision to not field Hayata in WTC 2019. This is just a hutch, but going by Ito's personality, it wouldn't be surprising if she had wanted to take on the challenge of winning 2 singles points instead of knowing her limits and trying to take down the more pivotal doubles opener with Hayata.


Rewatching this really puts things in perspective. Despite the intense battle with Ishikawa over the singles spot, Hirano was able to put aside their differences and get along with her senpai for the sake of doubles. Contrast that with how awkward Ito is making things for Harimoto now.
 
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Japanese women's team drama is the most compelling theater in the world of table tennis.

Never thought I'd be watching TV Tokyo and following along so intently when I first decided to take up TT as a hobby lol
Japanese women demure and submissive my foot!!!
 
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Looks like Ito has already gone shopping. Hayata confirms that Ito was not present during the previous day's training and that the five of them only came together on the press conference day itself.


Where to start with Ito... She proudly admits that she hasn't been training since all Japan, says that she's gotten better but is still feeling a bit of pain, hints that there was tension within the team but that things have become "more peaceful" since the Paris race ended. And she refers to Miwa as the 'new member' once again. At the group press conference she boldly stated that she's the one on the team with the most WTTC team experience and compared that to Miwa's debut.

It's so bad but I can't look away.
Yeah, personalities like this need to be humbled. That ship has to be sunk.
 
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Hirano and Ito are becoming parables of what to do and what not to do.

With Ito's history of ditching partners both on and off court, does she bear responsibility for the Tokyo lineup as well? As much as we like to blame Ishikawa, I wonder how much of a say Ito had in not playing with Hayata after WTTC 2019, and how much that impacted JNT's decision to not field Hayata in WTC 2019. This is just a hutch, but going by Ito's personality, it wouldn't be surprising if she had wanted to take on the challenge of winning 2 singles points instead of knowing her limits and trying to take down the more pivotal doubles opener with Hayata.


Rewatching this really puts things in perspective. Despite the intense battle with Ishikawa over the singles spot, Hirano was able to put aside their differences and get along with her senpai for the sake of doubles. Contrast that with how awkward Ito is making things for Harimoto now.
Speaking of doubles in WT, I think the last time Ito played in one was back at TWC 2018. Her win over LSW at WTTC 2018 really changed the landscape, which is when I think Ito first became 不可一世. In contract, AFAIK, Hirano has never mentioned about the 250 pts she gave up to Hayata to this day when she was technically in 2nd place [(12/14/2023 at 1:50am)].

 
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Interesting for me to see that Hirano and Hayata were serving as "practice partners" and especially "BALL PICKERS" for their teammates during the Tokyo Olympics.
One for the future spats......
 
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As Ito dwells on past glory, in the meantime, Zhu Yuling has truly moved on with life and officially "announced" her boyfriend -
Zhu Linfeng (broke up and made up and discussing marriage).

恭喜朱霖峰嫁入豪门
https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8892865616
朱女官宣了
https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8892924725

BTW, Kato Miyu has also moved on and announced her hiatus from competitive table tennis.

卓球女子・加藤美優、全日本選手権辞退で当面休養へ「今は自分の時間を」 19年に世界選手権8強
https://hochi.news/articles/20240116-OHT1T51171.html?page=1

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https://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/tabletennis/news/2023/09/029928.html
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As Ito dwells on past glory, in the meantime, Zhu Yuling has truly moved on with life and officially "announced" her boyfriend -
Zhu Linfeng (broke up and made up and discussing marriage).

恭喜朱霖峰嫁入豪门
https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8892865616
朱女官宣了
https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8892924725

BTW, Kato Miyu has also moved on and announced her hiatus from competitive table tennis.

卓球女子・加藤美優、全日本選手権辞退で当面休養へ「今は自分の時間を」 19年に世界選手権8強
https://hochi.news/articles/20240116-OHT1T51171.html?page=1

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https://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/tabletennis/news/2023/09/029928.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28-ME9t98BA
burn-out from Miyu KATO, she's only 24 !
but yeh, she's able to see she can't win and achieved the best she could in this sport.
Her Instagram is only about food and travel. and she's featuring in Takukichi YouTube Channel fooling around with him
 
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If it were China, they would've put Hayata in the center, Hirano and Ito to her left and right, and Kihara on the far left and Harimoto on the far right.

TWC 2019
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burn-out from Miyu KATO, she's only 24 !
but yeh, she's able to see she can't win and achieved the best she could in this sport.
Her Instagram is only about food and travel. and she's featuring in Takukichi YouTube Channel fooling around with him
It's the new world, you can get more money as a TT influencer than as a TT professional.
 
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Ito gives a rare update on Instagram, saying again she wants to achieve what others have not.

Eh, she has been really "active" for "the only active gold medalist" after Zennihon Takkyu 2024...

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C3KYceVBcU7/
伊藤選手よりフォロワーの皆さんへ💌

約2年間にわたる
パリ五輪国内選考レースを終えた
伊藤選手の次なる目標は…、

これからも皆さんとともに✨
スタッフ一同、よろしくお願い致します🏓

#みまがんば 🙌

【卓球】伊藤美誠 SNS動画でファンに感謝「後半は皆さんのおかげで楽しい選考レースに」
https://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/articles/-/291854?page=1

伊藤美誠 今後へ前向きな心境語る「誰も成し遂げないようなことを」 「凄く苦しい2年間」も応援に感謝
https://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2024/02/10/kiji/20240210s00026000515000c.html

伊藤美誠 笑顔で感謝語る 選考レースは「楽しい思い出」 敗退直後には「欲張ってもうちょっと頑張ります」世界選手権へ前を向く
https://news.ntv.co.jp/category/sports/80242d0cc5a2442583a620f1fe39111e
 
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I don't think Takukichi is driving a Ferrari but he must be making enough to survive.
I don't know the number of subscribers he has, but many people have full time jobs on youtube with around 50k subscribers. And there are even top chess players who make much more money streaming chess and chatting with fans than playing at the top 10 level. Niche sports are just hard to make good careers in and the social influencing/streaming has given the major talents an important alternative stream, they just need to figure out how to tap into it. I am sure Kato Miyu can get more than her fair share of simps.
 
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burn-out from Miyu KATO, she's only 24 !
but yeh, she's able to see she can't win and achieved the best she could in this sport.
Her Instagram is only about food and travel. and she's featuring in Takukichi YouTube Channel fooling around with him
thats Japanese table tennis for you.
so many of them retire with still plenty of mileage left. If they were in Europe, they would still continue for sure.

with this current generation, they did turn pro way earlier (say 3 to 5 years) than the previous generation, so not surprised if they would retire also 3 to 5 years earlier than the "norm" too.

And with so many up and coming youngsters, the culture is, retire to make way or stay on and get embarrassed. Many tend to choose the former when they feel they can't make it into the top 3/5 any more.
 
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