The World Table Tennis Youth Series (WTT) is the latest addition to the WTT events calendar. It has generated tremendous interest from national associations around the world, vying to host the new events, amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The WTT Youth Series will replace the ITTF World Junior Tour, which has been instrumental in guiding some of today’s catchiest talent to the top. The new system will be divided into two levels: WTT Youth Contender and WTT Youth Star Contender. This alignment of the WTT Youth Series with the WTT Series creates a development path, from grassroots to senior and elite levels.
The WTT Youth Contender series marks the start of the journey that opens the playing field for all aspiring young athletes. A total of 27 events of this level are scheduled for 2021, starting May 6 through November 18. Host cities are represented all over the world, ensuring that all rising stars have a chance to shine. In addition, several events have been consolidated in neighboring countries to allow players to participate in more events and reduce travel costs.
The next tier is the WTT Youth Star Contender Series which will be reserved for the cream of the future crop, with Performance and World Ranking Points earned at WTT Youth Contender events determining who qualifies for the next higher tier. Five Youth Star Contender events are set to take place in 2021, starting May 18 in Tunisia, before a series of European events culminate on October 23 in Poland.
WTT Youth Star Contender events will see their price increase, with up to $ 17,000 per event, in addition to top-level event production, playing conditions and sports presentation. 32 boys and 32 girls will line up in the singles categories as they seek to express their intentions loud and clear to the world of table tennis.
The vast majority of the WTT Youth series will feature the following age categories U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19, with the aim of increasing intergenerational competitiveness and providing opportunities for more talented and rapidly advancing players to put their skills in value. to the test against slightly older opponents. Each player may participate in up to two singles competitions and one doubles competition, if the schedule allows.
Safety at the heart of event planning
In these times of global uncertainty, WTT is taking special steps to promote and maintain a safe environment.
The boys and girls events will be run separately, with a rest day between events, in order to reduce the number of participants on site, while the mixed doubles and team competitions have been omitted from the program.
WTT will continue to work closely with local organizers to analyze the situation in each country.
Due to the ongoing travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, we will be reviewing the rules and ranking requirements with the ITTF, in our drive to RESTART youth events.
Please note that the schedule is subject to change due to the uncertainty of the pandemic. WTT strongly recommends that all attendees plan their trip closer to the event dates and make flexible and / or refundable travel plans.
Click here for the 2021 WTT Youth Series events calendar.
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