Para table tennis star Martin Perry is determined to put his grief over Tokyo behind him and put himself firmly on the path to redeeming Paris.
The Paisley hotshot was “incredibly disappointed” to narrowly miss a spot at the Paralympic Games after failing to claim a spot at the world qualifying tournament in Slovenia in June.
The setback has left the 27-year-old in tears, but with the World Championships coming up next year before the Paris Paralympics in 2024, Perry has a lot to play in the next few years as he looks to find his way. redeem for this missed opportunity. in Japan.
And he hopes to get back on the winning streak quickly when he takes part in the ITTF Costa Brava Spanish Para Open this weekend.
Perry told Express Sport: “I played the world qualifying tournament a few months ago and was incredibly disappointed not to win the event and to qualify for Tokyo.
“But I can’t change that now.
“This will be the first tournament with points in the world rankings for me since March 2020.
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“Obviously I’d love to win another singles medal, but for me this week it’s just figuring out where I am and what I need to improve in a match play situation.
“I’m really looking forward to it.
“It’s great to play for the world ranking points again and I hope I can start moving up this world ranking list.
“If you look around the room now that everyone’s back to training, there’s no shortage of inspiration.
“My teammates have won seven Paralympic medals in Tokyo and of course that inspires and motivates me to join their ranks.
“It starts this weekend in Spain on the way to Paris and I hope I can come home with good results.”
Perry is happy his schedule has returned to something like his normal routine, having taken advantage of a training camp in Italy to prepare for this weekend’s Spanish Open in Platja d ‘Aro.
While Paisley’s talent insists everything went according to plan in the build-up to the event, he admits he won’t know exactly what level his game is at until he starts over. to compete correctly for the crucial points of the world ranking.
Perry said: “The training went well.
“I had the privilege of going to Italy to train for a week, which was really good to get back to something like normality, to go abroad for a training camp to prepare for a tournament. .
“I trained well in Sheffield too, but you just don’t know where your level is until you compete.
“So I’m going to Spain with no other real goal than to do my best and see where it takes me.
“It’s so hard to assess where you are when you haven’t competed for so long.