The World Cadet Challenge was hosted in the beautiful city of
Malaysia.This tournament is a great experience for all
of our team members.
The tournament site was hosted on the highest mountain in
Malaysia.The conditions were humid, the food was
spicy, and after a few days the kids were opting to eat American Fast foods
(such as McDonalds and Burger King).
I brought the US Team of Judy Hugh, Lani Lei,Misha Kasatnev and
Adam Hugh to Malaysia via San Fransisco.Adam, Judy and myself flew from New Jersey and we met Lani and Misha in San
Fransisco.Our flight took more than
twenty hours.We left October 24, a
Friday and arrived in Malaysia on October 26, a
Sunday.We met the Canadian Team on
The coach for the Canadians was Attila Csaba. (a great person with a good sense of humor).The players were FanniCsaba, Shirley Yan,Peter Chui and Aldrich Leung.
Coach Csaba and I worked very well
together and decided that he would focus on the boys and I would focus on the
girls.Of course during singles event we
supported all, depending on who was available.We worked nonstop from to .
We started practice and participated in a camp on the 27 and
28.There were eight teams represented
at this Championship:North America,
Asia, Europe, Oceania, Africa, Latin America, China and Malaysia.The players
from six continents had to qualify. All of the players were the best of
Michael Anderson from the ITTF conducted the training as he
did in Canada in August.
All the coaches worked hard to support everyone during the
training sessions.The practices
included players from all participating continents except China.Obviously China
being so much superior they did not practice with anyone but themselves. The
tournament started on October 29.
All the coaches were in attendance at the jury meeting and
all hoped that they would not be drawn against China
to early in the competition. I believe that the draw was done fairly.
China is still the dominant team. The
Chinese Team Manager stated that they could bring twenty teams of this
level.It is very obvious that their
system is very strong and we will have to work hard to catch up.Our boys and girls teams showed great
fighting spirit and mental toughness when they faced all of these professional
players. If we continue on our current path, I believe that we may well
challenge China and
Europe in the not so distant future.
ITTF World Junior Cadet Circuit 2003 10/29/2003 to 11/2/2003 Team Final Results
There were sixteen boys and girls doubles teams
Judy Hugh and Lani Lei finished fourth.
Fanni Csaba and Shirley Yan finished eighth.
Peter Chiu and Aldrich Leung finished sixth.
Adam and Misha finished ninth
There were thirty two boys and thirty two girls. They were split into eight groups of four players.
The players were than seed into their final finished based on their order of finish in the round robin.
A player finishing first in their round robin would then be playing for the 1 – 8 position and the player finishing second in
the group would be playing for 9 to sixteen and so on.
Peter finished 10 Adam finished 11 Misha finished 15 Aldrich finished 26.
Adam had wins over Jun Miztani from Japan and Li Kwun Ngai from Hong Kong
Misha had a win over one of the Chinese team member Xu Ke.
Judy and Lani beat the European Doubles Team of Feher Gabriella and Pergel Szandra