Italy will host for the first time World Junior Tabletennis Championships. The 15th edition of the event will take place at the Baltera Expo Center in Riva del Garda (Trento) from 27th November to 3rd December and will be organized by the Italian Tabletennis Federation (FITET), which has been commissioned by the International Table Tennis Federation in partnership with Garda Trentino Committee; FITET has gained a consolidated experience, in 2014 European Youth Championships took place in Riva del Garda, and in the previous year also the Italian Championships.
During the World Junior Tabletennis Championships, there will be Under 18 athletes, about 96 male and 96 female, coming from every corner of the planet. Top 14 of the international rankings are automatically qualified and the others will gain admission through the points won in world circuit tournaments. Each country will have at most four male players and four female players and the number will go up to six for Italy as host Association, which will convene men’s and women’s team. The schedule provides first of all team events, and then singles – male and female- and doubles events, with 48 pairs participants, and the double mix event, with 96 pairs in total.
The previous editions took place in Santiago de Chile (2003), Kobe in Japan (2004), Linz in Austria (2005), Cairo in Egypt (2006), Palo Alto in the United States (2007), Madrid in Spain (2008 ), Morocco (2013), Shanghai in China (2014), Vendée in France (2015), Cartagena in Colombia (2009), Bratislava in Slovakia (2010), Manama in Bahrain (2011), Hyderabad in India And Cape Town in South Africa (2016).