The world of table tennis set course for Riva del Garda

Italian Olympic Committee President, Giovanni Malagò, praised the initiative at the official presentation in Rome

16 november 2017

After a successful touristic season marked by big numbers, Garda Trentino is keen to host World Junior Table Tennis Championships to be held in Riva del Garda’s Exhibition Centre from November 26th to December 3rd. The ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) appointed the Italian Table Tennis Federation (FITET) in close cooperation with Garda Trentino Spa to organize the event, never held in Italy so far.

Today the Italian Olympic Committee President, Giovanni Malagò, attended the event’s official presentation in Rome. “I’m very proud, as this event confirms the Italian federation’s high reputation at international level. The championships are a great opportunity to improve for our young players”.

With seven titles (2 for teams, 5 individual) to be assigned throughout eight competition days, the World’s best 200 junior players are called to play a big challenge throwing the doors of a top-level professional career to many of them hopefully, to start with Japanese Tomokazu Harimoto, the event’s undisputable star. Forty-three countries overall will be represented in Riva del Garda.

Garda Trentino already hosted a major table tennis event, European Youth Championships, in 2014, and is now back under the international spotlights: “We are an area very familiar with outdoor sports, but we also like to enlarge our commitment in table tennis, as we already in the last few years. Our location is perfect for any great international events”, Garda Trentino Spa President Marco Benedetti, explained.

FITET President Renato Di Napoli likewise underlined how important the event is for the growth of the Italian table tennis: “The huge work we are are doing at any level, mostly in our technical center in Formia, should hopefully come to light starting from Riva. The World Junior Championships are a great chance to measure ourselves in the highest level competition”.

A tough competition awaits the Italian team in front of the strongest countries, with China and Japan in the role of main favourite. Italy’s line-up revolves around Matteo Mutti (42nd in the Junior ranking) who was already World Junior Championships’ medallist in Morocco, 2013, alomngside Croat Lea Rakovac). The Italian squad lead by Patrizio Deniso and Lorenzo Nannoni, includes Antonino Amato, John Michael Oyebode, Gabriele Piciulin, Daniele Pinto and Carlo Rossi.

As far as girls concern, the Italian hopes rest on Jamila Laurenti (the unique Italian player in the top-100, actually 66th in the Junior ranking) together with Elisa Armanini, Marcella Delasa, Simona Ettari, Martina Nino and Valentina Roncallo. Matteo Quarantelli is the technical director, while the coach is Giuseppe Del Rosso.

Source: Garda Trentino Press Office
Photo: from left, Marco Benedetti (Garda Trentino Spa President), Giovanni Malagò (Italian Olympic Committee President), Renato Di Napoli (FITET President)