West Virginia hosts Pan American Youth Table Tennis Championships – with photo and video gallery

By Matthew Young, RealWV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The top young athletes of the Americas are converging at the Charleston Coliseum this week to compete for the International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) Pan American Youth Championship.

“In Charleston, we have plenty of room for spectators,” ITTF Competition Manager Freddy Allmendariz told Real WV during a break in the action on Monday. “Kids can come and see how it’s possible to represent their country, and players have the chance to share that with them.” 

“This is our first international competition in Charleston,” Allmendariz added.

In total, 166 players representing 21 countries are competing in 14 categories. Competition is separated by age – under 15-years-old, and under 19-years-old – and divided by singles, doubles, and teams. In addition to the United States, competitors represent countries including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

“The next competition we will have after the Pan Am (Pan American Youth Championship) will be open to all players of the world,” Allmendariz said of the as-yet unscheduled future event. “We want to receive some players from Europe, from Asia – this is also going to be a youth event. We’re going to have under 11, under 13, under 15, under 17, and under 19. So we’ll be upping the options to play.” 

Competing for the United States girls under 15 team are number-nine seed Yishiuan Lin, Tashiya Piyadasa, Amy Zhang, and Amber Liu. The boys under 15 team members are 10th seed Krish Gandhi, Charles Shen, Xianyao He, and Stanley Hsu. 

For the boys under 19, the team consists of number-six seed Nandan Naresh, 10th seed Darryl Tsao, Sid Naresh, and Daniel Tran. The girls under 19 team includes Tiffany Ke, Emily Tan, Muskan Gupta, and the number-one seed Sally Moyland.

USA’s Sally Moyland competes against a member of the Chilean team on Monday at the Charleston Coliseum. Video by Matthew Young, RealWV.

The eight-day competition will conclude on Sunday, July 30, and will determine which four competitors will advance to the World Youth Championships in Slovenia beginning on November 26. 

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, or at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center ticket window. RealWV will provide event updates throughout the week. 

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