Chelsea Edghill secures Paris Olympic Games qualification

Chelsea Edghill

See below for a statement on Guyanese table tennis star, Chelsea Edghill’s second Olympic qualifications for the upcoming Summer Games in Paris:

National Table Tennis Player Chelsea Edghill OLY will represent Guyana at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games scheduled to be held from July 26 to August 10.

Edghill, Guyana’s highest-ranked female player who narrowly lost in her Olympic qualification quest in a seven (7) game thriller to Estella Crespo of Cuba at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Americas Pan American qualification event, held from May 14 – 18 2024 in Lima, Peru, was granted the sole female ‘Wild Card’ spot to the games when she gained the votes of the International Olympic Committee and International Table Tennis Federation.

For Table Tennis, only one (1) men’s singles and one (1) women’s singles “Wild Card” Tripartite Commission Invitation Places for the sport are made available for the Olympic Games.

This would be Chelsea’s second showing at the Summer Olympics Games. Edghill became the first Table Tennis player from Guyana and the first female player from the English-speaking Caribbean region to qualify for and compete at the Olympic Games when she participated in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

At the Tokyo Games, she had an impressive showing, captivating Guyana and the Caribbean region when she defeated two-time Olympian Sally Yee of Fiji 4-1, 11-5, 4-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8, a commanding debut performance in the preliminary round at the global Games. Edghill progressed to the main draw but lost to Yubin Shin of South Korea in the Women’s Singles at the Tokyo Olympic Games 11-7, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10.

Edghill, who is a University of Lindenwood Missouri graduate in Chemistry, a holder of a master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of London, and Chair of the Athletes Commission Guyana, is a former ITTF with The Future in Mind Scholarship Awardee and a former Junior Olympian (Nanjing China 2014).

She has been a Caribbean champion at different levels, and a winner of several medals at the Caribbean, European, international and North American and collegiate level as well as played professionally in Portugal at club Lusitania de Lourosa and in Germany in 2023.

This is a win for Guyana and regional Table Tennis, and is a testimony to the talent, hard work and determination of Chelsea, built on the sacrifices of the player officials sponsors and stakeholders of the past and present

Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of all sports, this represents a truly historic achievement. it is once again a victory for us as a nation as a region.

It is significant in that is has shown ITTF and IOC recognition of our player’s talent and country programmes in selecting Chelsea. This provides the platform for us to continue to enhance the sports profile and market Guyana to the world, lobby for more support for our athletes and truly shows we have players with the talent and ability.

The key focus on is working on ensuring that Chelsea gets the requisite preparation to face the challenge ahead.

The GTTA felt Guyana’s Shemar Britton was a key candidate for a wild card spot given his performances in international competition during the qualification period from June 2023 to June 2024. However, he was unable to attend the qualification events due to clashes with the Olympic qualification event and final year exams at the Hugh Wooding School of Law, which was a key requirement to being considered for selection for wild card spots

The Guyana Olympic Association nominated six athletes for possible tripartite Universality Selection Places ahead of the respective qualification period for the respective disciplines:

• Keevin Allicock and Desmond Amsterdam Boxing
• Shemar Britton and Chelsea Edghill table Tennis
• Celi Peterson Taewando
• Devin Permaul Archery