MORE than 150 entries from nine countries will see action in the 19th Southeast Asian Table Tennis Association (SEATTA) Junior Championship on July 12 to 16, at the Harrison Plaza Mall in Adriatico, Manila.
“The future of Southeast Asian table tennis will start to unfold this Friday and we are expecting total action from these young generation of players. This will also gauge our national junior team’s capability,” said Ting Ledesma, president of host Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAPhil), of the five-day biennial junior competition.
Besides the powerhouse squads of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, the other nations that confirmed their participation in the meet supported by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission are Brunei, Cambodia and Laos. Meanwhile Indonesia and Myanmar opted to skip this year’s edition of the tilt because of conflict in schedule.
The Philippine junior team is composed of Ryan Rodney Jacolo, Jamaica Sy, John Marie Nayre, Emy Rose Dael and John Paul Gubaton, among others. The squad will compete in the boys’ and girls’ singles, doubles, team and mixed doubles events.
SEATTA Secretary General Malaysian Chan Foong Keong will grace the meet’s opening ceremony.