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Sharm El-Sheikh to host ITTF World Cadet Challenge

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has awarded its 2015 World Cadet Challenge junior event to the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

The 13th edition of the annual event will take place from October 23-31 and returns to an African country for the second time since its inauguration in the Hungarian city of Tiszaujvaros in 2002, where reigning Olympic champion Zhang Jike (pictured) won the boys singles title on his debut.

ITTF deputy chief executive Glenn Tepper said: “The World Cadet Challenge has long been a favourite due to the unique combination of development, education and competition aspects. The event has now been confirmed in Sham El-Sheikh, one of the world’s leading tourist destinations. Egypt has an excellent history of organising great events, and finally returning to Africa after they last hosted in 2007 in South Africa is a great bonus.”

The 2015 edition will consist of a three day training camp from October 23-25, team event from October 26-27, a cultural day on October 28 and singles event from October 29-31. There will be eight teams vying for gold in Sharm El-Sheikh: one team from each of the six continents, a Hopes team comprised of the best young talent from around the world, and Egypt as the host nation.

The 2014 World Cadet Challenge was staged by Bridgetown in Barbados.