Tunisia ready to kick-start WTT Youth Star Contender in 2022

Tunisia ready to kick-start WTT Youth Star Contender in 2022

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After staging three WTT events in 2021, Tunisia has again taken the lead by staging the first WTT Youth Star Contender in 2022 being the first for the year. But the African nation has continued to score high in its organisation and managing the events amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rades Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Tunis, Tunisia will come alive again from February 2nd to 6th, as youngsters from 28 countries across the globe will take part in the first World Table Tennis (WTT) Youth Star Contender for the year.
The President of Tunisia Table Tennis Federation (TTTF) Lorfi Guerfel who has been at the forefront of the North African nation’s appetite for WTT events, believes they are ready to stage a hitch-free tournament again just like they hosted two WTT Youth Contenders and WTT Contender in 2021.
“It is evident that after the success of the three events organized in 2021; WTT Youth Star Contender in May, WTT Youth Contender in September, and WTT Contender in October in a pandemic environment with zero cases of Covid-19, we are more confident and it is a pleasure to announce that Tunisia Table Tennis Federation signed an agreement with WTT to organize such events until 2024,” he said.
On the motivation behind their sterling performance, he said:
“The success in organizing events last year; the positive financial balances; the impressive design of the venue; the satisfaction of our partners and sponsors are enough to motivate all the teams to go ahead and to host major WTT events.”
He, however, believes that staging WTT would continue to put Tunisia on the world map.
Already, Tunisia has been named as the host of the 2022 World Youth Championships (WYC) later in the year and the TTTF chief believes the staging of WTT events would prepare them for the big challenge of hosting WYC.
Surely, the WTT events would prepare us for the WYC later in the year because we learn from each tournament, and it is a good opportunity to correct and adjust some details which in fact are very important.”
At the well-attended press conference held on January 27 in Tunis, over 116 players from 28 nations have been confirmed for the tournament.
Based on the outcome of the previous WTT event, TTTF believes this inspired many countries to be confident of heading to Tunis.
With matches streamed live on the WTT website and YouTube with $15,000 as total prize money.
Habib Daldoul, head of the National Teams Committee of the Tunisian Table Tennis League, confirmed that the host nation would be relying on the skills of home stars like Wassim Essid in the U-15 category, Habib Amer and Youssef Obeid in the U-19 division.
He admitted that staging this kind of tournament would help the players to shore up their world rating as well as pick their places at Paris 2024 Olympic Games in France.
The countries expected in Tunis from February 2 to 6 are Hungary, Kazakhstan, Germany, Portugal, Austria, France, Slovakia, Syria, Romania, Netherlands, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Ukraine, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Spain, Egypt, India, Iran, Latvia, and Switzerland



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