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1992 & 1996 US Olympian

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Future U.S. Champions Shine Bright at the Hopes Events, Valencia, VEN. , April 19-23, 2010
                                                                                                                      by Lily Yip


Photos courtesy of Gerry Chua

A special feature that took place in conjunction with the Venezuela Junior & Cadet Open, the Hopes Events were created to give added international experience and encouragement to the players born on or after the 1st of January 1998. The ITTF Competition Department working with the Host of the Venezuelan Junior & Cadet Open made it happen, and three young participants from the USA entered: Alan Wang, Ethan Chua, and Jonathan Ou.  Alan Wang who hails from N.J. is currently USATT rated at 2221; Ethan Chu of CA. is USATT rated at 2198; and Jonathan Ou from FL. is USATT rated at 2179.

Note: while these players are not yet on the USA Team they are developing players of great talent and promise. They, for the most part, were sponsored by their parents with assistance from the USATT. The parental support was strong. When parents clearly demonstrate a love and interest in their children and support their enthusiasm for table tennis, it gives these children a decided advantage. The results tell the story.

Results of Hopes Boys Singles:

1st Place, Gold Medalist - Allen Wang (USA)
2nd Place, Silver Medalist - Ethan Chua (USA)
3rd Place, Bronze Medalist - Jonathan Ou (USA)

Results of the Cadet Team Event: USA - 2nd Place
We certainly can be proud of the fine performances of Allen, Ethan, and Jonathan, as well as crediting their parents and the USATT for their vital support. Mr. Gerry Chua, Ethan's dad, is an excellent photographer and supplied the winners' photos shown below.