Garda Trentino, a territory well known for its sport passion, is warming up towards the 15th edition of the World Junior Table Tennis Championships, to be held from coming Sunday, 26th November to 3rd December 2017 at the Exhibition Center in Riva del Garda. Italy hosts a World Championship’s event for the very first time. Organized by the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) in collaboration with the FITET (Italian Table Tennis Federation) and Garda Trentino spa, the event gathers the best 250 players U18 worldwide coming from 43 countries.
The shoulder injury forcing Japanese titleholder, Tomokazu Harimoto, to withdraw changed the odds. Asian players are still the favorites: number two in September ranking Yuto Kizukuri (Japan), Niu Guankai (China), Lin Yun-Ju (Taipei) and An Jaehyun (South Korea) are the most qualified to win the title while Cristian Pletea (Romania), Kanak Jha (USA) and the Italian prospect Matteo Mutti run for the spotlights as outsiders.
About girls, China seems to be the big favorite with Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu, 3rd and 4th on the September ranking. Just behind these two players, South America and Europe trust in Adriana Diaz (Puerto Rico) and Adina Diaconu (Romania) ambitions. The only Italian girl in the Top 100, talented 15-year-old Jamila Laurenti, will do her best to delight the home crowd.
Due to the competitions’ high technical level and high emotions by the juniors, any forecast ahead of World Junior Championships looks tricky. Riva del Garda open the doors to table tennis family back on the largest Italian lake’s river three years after the successful 2014 European Youth Championships, will illuminate the Garda Trentino. The entry at the Baltera Exhibition Center is for free, can’t miss the chance.