2013 Double Fish Canadian Junior Open

By TTCAN | Aug. 23, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)
Kunal Chodri2013 DOUBLE FISH Canadian Junior Open – Road To Nanjing Series

Capilano University in North Vancouver will be the home of the Double Fish Canadian Junior and Cadet Open to be staged from Thursday 29th August to Sunday 1st September.

Unquestionably it is a most attractive part of the world and a most attractive tournament awaits; the hosts have staged many events most successfully in recent years and in 2013, there is an added attraction.

The tournament is part of the Road to Nanjing series; in North Vancouver, a major step towards a ticket to the Youth Olympic Games in 2014 can be earned.

The Road to Nanjing

In 2013 six tournaments on the ITTF Junior Circuit, one in each continent, form the 2013 Road to Nanjing series; the Double Fish Canadian Junior and Cadet Open is the fourth on the itinerary. 

A separate “Road to Nanjing Boys’ and Girls’ Standings”, taking results only from the six tournaments, will be published alongside the ITTF Junior Circuit Standings. In order to be eligible to compete in the Youth Olympic Games, players must be born between Monday 1st January 1996 and Thursday 31st December 1999.

At the conclusion of the six tournaments, the leading boy and leading girl from each continent plus the top ten boys and top ten girls on the “Road to Nanjing Standings” will receive entry to the ITTF Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament. 

The tournament will be staged Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd January 2014 in Vilanova de Gaia, Portugal. The ITTF Junior Circuit Finals will follow immediately starting on Friday 24th January and concluding on Sunday 26th January 2014.

Therefore, 16 boys and 16 girls compete in the ITTF Youth Olympic Games World Qualification Tournament.

Canadian Contenders

Kanak Jha. 2012 US Open - Image courtesy of JOOLA USA

Canada’s top junior girl Anqi Luo of Mississauga will compete in her second Road To Nanjing Series event. After a three week training camp at the China’s National Training base, the 17 year old is hunting for points in Noumea, New Caledonia. From there it is straight to Richmond for a few days of training at the Richmond Oval and then on North Vancouver.

Canadians are looking to the Canadian Junior Open for a Junior Boy to emerge as a contender for the Youth Olympic Games. While there is a group of talented 15 year olds, no one has distinguished himself as the clear leader of the group – Michael Luo, BC, Alexander Moran, ON and Moxi Guo, ON all have shown their talent on different occasions – they will get a chance in North Vancouver to distinguish themselves.18-year old Hongtao Chen, ON while too old for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, is a contender for the title in North Vancouver – he finished second at last year’s Canadian Junior Open. 

The US has entered a strong junior team featuring two most interesting players from the San Francisco Bay area – Kunal Chodri and Kanak Jha; add to that Allen Wang from New Jersey and the US team is ready to upset some stronger teams.

The Canadian Junior Open will feature teams from 14 countries, with the strongest challenges to be expected from Japan, Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore.

For draws and results please see visit the link for the Canadian Junior Open.