Travelling from Europe to Asia was a long and torturous journey, it is one of the reasons why the Suez Canal was built; by sea it shortened the journey, it opened a major trade route.
Nowadays by jet plane it is even quicker but it is on the banks of the famous canal that the route to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games starts.
The Egypt Junior and Cadet Open will be staged in Ismailia from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd June 2013; it is the first of a series of tournaments where players have the opportunity to stake their claim for a place in the Youth Olympic Games.
Ismailia, known as the City of Enchantment, situated in north-eastern Egypt on the west bank of the Suez Canal, is where the Road to Nanjing starts.
The Road to Nanjing In 2013 six tournaments on the ITTF Junior Circuit, one in each continent, form the 2013 Road to Nanjing series; the Egypt Junior and Cadet Open is the first in the series.
A separate “Road to Nanjing Boys’ and Girls’ Standings”, taking results only from the six tournaments, will be published alongside the ITTF Junior Circuit Standings. In order to be eligible to compete in the Youth Olympic Games, players must be born between Monday 1st January 1996 and Thursday 31st December 1999
At the conclusion of the six tournaments, the leading boy and leading girl from each continent plus the top ten boys and top ten girls on the “Road to Nanjing Standings” will receive entry to the ITTF Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament.
The tournament will be staged in conjunction with the ITTF Junior Circuit Finals in January 2014, at a time and exact date to be confirmed.
Therefore, 16 boys and 16 girls compete in the ITTF Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament.
ITTF Global Junior Circuit Event The Egypt Junior and Cadet Open in 2013 will feature singles, doubles and team events in the junior and cadet age group categories.
Prize Fund The Organizing Committee offers a total prize fund of US$8,000. There is a 20 per cent tax deduction.
Maximum Number of Entries A maximum of 110 entries is accepted.
Entries On-Line Please remit entries using the newly introduced ITTF on-line entry system for junior events: http://ittf.alfaweb.gr
Important note: if your association has not received the USERNAME and PASSWORD for the new ITTF on-line entry system for junior events, kindly contact Dimosthenis Messinis firstname.lastname@example.org using the official e-mail address of your national association in order to receive your USERNAME (UN) and PASSWORD (PW).
For Further Details Contact Tournament Director: Mr. Ashraf Eliwa Tel: +201 - 141400777 E-mail: email@example.com