MUSCAT, FEB 7 – The 2018 Oman Junior & Cadet Open ITTF Premium Junior Circuit kicked off at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Wednesday under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Kamil bin Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Assistant Secretary-General of the Deputy Prime Minister Office for Cabinet Affairs. A total of 114 players from 19 countries namely: China, India, Egypt, the Czech Republic, Greece, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Sweden, Lebanon, Scotland, Syria, Thailand, Yemen, Philippines beside hosts Oman are participating in the tournament. Organised by the Omani Table Tennis Committee in cooperation with the ITTF – International Table Tennis Federation the tournament will end on February 11.
The opening ceremony was a simple one. Folklore troupes staged traditional arts and the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) music band played symphonies. The Oman team comprises 13 players in all three categories. They have received intense training which concluded with month-long training camp. On Day 1 of the tournament, Oman’s Mohammed al Mutawaa and Omar al Ghassani lost to Jordan 0-3 while the joint team (Oman-Egypt) lost to Syria 0-3. Oman’s Hamad al Balushi and Mishaal al Shuhi were defeated by a joint team from Egypt and Thailand while their teammates Abdulrahman al Zaabi and Abdullah al Balushi lost to the Iranian team 0-3.