More than 150 young athletes from nine countries are expected to compete in the 19th Southeast Asian Table Tennis Association (SEATTA) Junior Championship starting July 12 to 16 at the Garden Square in Harrison Plaza Mall in Adriatico Manila.
Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAPhil) President Ting Ledesma said the country will host the five-day junior biennial competition, which will be led by powerhouse countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
“The future of Southeast Asian table tennis will start to collide this Friday and we are expecting a total action from these young generations. This will gauge also our national junior team’s capability. I’m so really excited to see this.”
Brunei, Cambodia and Laos also confirmed their participation in the international tournament supported by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission. Indonesia and Myanmar have skipped to join this year due to conflict of schedules.
Ledesma said the Philippine junior team will be led by Ryan Rodney Jacolo, Jamaica Sy, John Marie Nayre, Emy Rose Dael and John Paul Gubaton, among others.
They will compete in the boys’ and girls’ singles, doubles, team and mixed doubles events.
SEATTA Secretary-General Malaysian Chan Foong Keong will grace the opening ceremony.