Muscat – The future champions and table tennis stars of the future will be in action in Oman when the 2021 World Table Tennis (WTT) Youth Contender Muscat begins at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex (SQSC) from Sunday.
The seventh-leg of the highly-competitive WTT Youth Contender Series will be held from October 10-15.
The WTT is the commercial and events company of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), the world governing body, and aims at placing players and fans at the core of all its business to catapult the game to the forefront of global sports business.
As part of its mission it is hosting the WTT Youth Contender Series and had initially planned 27 events in the series to be played from May-November 2021.
The opening event was held in Vila Real, Portugal in May.
However, with the coronavirus pandemic disrupting the schedule, the series has only held six events with the seventh due to be played in Muscat.
Four more events remain after the Muscat leg. Players in the WTT Youth Contender Series will battle it out for ITTF world ranking points, as up-and-coming stars of the sport also look to rise up the ladder. The WTT Youth Contender leg in Muscat will have the boys’ competition from October 10-12 while girls event will be from October 14-16. The events to be played are U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19 singles.
OTTA previously had hosted the ITTF Hopes Week and Challenge in Salalah in 2019 while the first camp for West Asia was hosted in Muscat in 2017.
Ahead of the tournament, an ITTF high-performance training camp will be organised at the same venue from Thursday. A total of 14 players including three from Oman (Al Hoor al Jasasi, Noor al Farsi and Retaj al Abri) will attend the camp.
Sajad Mohammed Baqir, tournament director, said that ‘the hosting of the ITTF high-performance camp and WTT Youth Contender Muscat are initiatives from the OTTA to promote the game’. “We hope that our national team players will gain lot of exposure by competing in such events. All preparations are complete and we look forward to a successful tournament,” he added.
Oman squad for WTT Youth Contender: Laith al Balushi, Eyad al Jassasi, Turki al Abri, Badar al Farsi, Omar al Awadi, Mohammed al Jassasi, Ali al Ghafri, Moyad al Mutawa, Loqman al Farsi, Ayman al Shehi, Mohammed al Moutawa, Badar al Jassasi, Abdulrahman al Zaabi, Mashal al Shehi, Al Hoor al Jassasi, Noor al Farsi and Retaj al Abri.