by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Suva in the ultimate but the road to Suva starts very much with national associations; alongside continental federations, they have a key role to play in the Hopes Programme.
The role is to organise opportunities that give talent the chance to emerge and be nurtured.
In 2017 the Continental Hopes Week and Challenge schedule is:
Africa, Tunis, Tunisia: Tuesday 28th March – Sunday 2nd April
Oceania, Tweeds Heads, Australia: Saturday 1st April – Thursday 6th April
Europe, China Table Tennis College-Europe, Luxembourg: Monday 17th April – Monday 24th April
North America, Dunellen, New Jersey, USA: Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th April
Asia, Bangkok, Thailand: Sunday 30th April – Tuesday 9th May
Latin America, Lima, Peru (held in 2016, Tuesday 18th – Sunday 23rd October)