19 Feb 2018

Once again the month is February, once again the destination is the Idrottshuset in Örebro; the city is the home for one of the biggest annual sporting events staged in Sweden, the Safir International.

The first two days of play, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February focus on the ITTF World Junior Circuit tournament; on Friday 23rd February, Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events are staged, the former being for the celebrated Nittaku Cup. On the concluding days, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February, the spotlight changes; the accent is very much on those just starting their international careers, the Cadet and Mini Cadet age groups comprise the fare on offer.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Overall, born in the year 2000 or later, in the junior age group a total of 117 boys and 92 girls have enrolled; for those in the cadet category, born in 2003 or later there are 94 boys and 84 girls, whilst in the min-cadet age category the numbers read 45 boys and 35 girls.

Notably for the ITTF World Junior Circuit tournament, for the first time China is represented; a competition which witnesses representatives from no less than 40 national associations.

Meanwhile, for the Nittaku Cup, the elite Men’s Singles event, a total of 160 players have entered; a prize of €3,000 awaiting the winner.

As always a busy time lies ahead, more than 450 players will compete in over 2,300 matches; some 100 umpires will be on duty with approaching 200 volunteers enabling the tournament to run in a smooth fashion.

Elite level play at one end of the spectrum; at the other, players dipping their feat in international waters for the first time; somewhere in between the ITTF World Junior Circuit tournament. Add all the elements together and very special event of the sporting calendar is realised, the Safir International.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Swedish Junior & Cadet Open Safir International

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