Asian Cadet Team crowned champion in Hyederabad, India
Cadet Challenge is being staged in Hyderabad, India from October 30th—Nov.7th. Again, team Asia was organized by ATTU in line with the established principle set by the ITTF: the best U-15 players shall be selected, with a maximum of one player per association. After lots of correspondence done by the Secretariat and thanks to the close cooperation of the relevant associations, the Asian team confirmed for Hyderabad is composed of one boy and one girl coming from China, Japan and Chinese Taipei; one boy from Korea and one girl from Hong Kong. The head coach nominated for the girls team is Mr. Yang JIefeng, national junior team coach from China, and for the boys’ team is Mr. Kurashima from Japan Table Tennis Association.
Prior to the start of the tournament, an ITTF training camp was organized with Peter Karlson being the camp conductor. The camp received very positive feedbacks from the participants and the Asian cadet players were very excited to have a very close contact with their idol.
As expected, the Asian boys and girls team both finished No. 1 in group matches. The boys’ team did not encounter much difficulty in their group match against Africa and Oceania as well as semi-final against Pan America. However, on the girls’ side, after winning Oceania with 5:0, Asia team had an extremely tough match against Pan America. But In the semi-final against India, the team fought very well, leaving the host very little chance to enter the final.
The team final was again between Asia and Europe, two leading continents of table tennis in the world. The key players of Asia cadet boys, namely Jang Woo JIn (KOR), Zhu Linfeng(CHN), Muramatsu(JPN) and Asian cadet girls team represented by Liu Xi(CHN), Doo Hoi Kem(HKG) and So Eka(JPN) not only did their utmost to win both title, but also impress the audience with their intense fighting spirit. Though both teams captured the gold medals in team event finally(girls team by 3:1; boys team by 3:2), all the final matches were extremely tough and close. The losers of the team final should also be applauded, for they made uphill struggle to win until the last point.
Due to injuries, Chinese Taipei player Lee Chia Sheng and Chin Hsiao Chun did not play in the team event, which is truly regretful.
Pan America gained third place in the Boys’ Team event at the ITTF Global Cadet Challenge in the Indian city of Hyderabad on Wednesday 3rd November 2010, with the trio of Brazil’s Hugo Calderano, Paraguay’s Sebastian Aguirre and Charles Deng of the United States recording a three-nil victory over Africa’s Shady Magdy, Thameur Mamia and Azeez Ogunlade.
However, in the counterpart Girls’ Team competition, Pan America had to settle for fourth place; they were beaten by the host nation, India, in the bronze medal match.
For the first time, the Asia Cadet Team was dressed in Andro instead of Joola, and provided great assistance to the Asian teams' wonderful performance.