The final day of the Pan American Junior Championships fell shorter than usual, with unforeseen circumstances leaving the event incomplete. Many would have noticed during the day that results were no longer being updated and had questioned the status of the competition.
With USA having already captured all 3 titles offered up to that point, the team were looking to top their impressive 2018 results where they took 6 golds from the 7 events on offer.
While Nikhil Kumar and Victor Liu had reached the Boy's Singles semifinals, in the girls event were also Crystal Wang, Amy Wang and Rachel Sung - with at least one US player guaranteed in the Junior Girls Singles final.
The three girls above along with Rachel Yang had reached the semifinals of the Junior Girls Doubles and the US Boys pairings which included Sharon Alguetti and Michael Tran along with the forementioned Liu and Kumar.
Unfortunately the tournament came to an abrupt halt at this stage. Unspecified issues between the local organizers and the venue owner resulted in the power being shut off at the venue.
Despite efforts to find a resolution, the options were deemed to be scheduled too late for the players in the competition, especially given the age group.
Play was officially called off at 8.30pm, but a resolution to continue began circulating at 10pm, too late for players to prepare and be competing again.
Certainly an unfortunate turn of events for our players and supporters back home. We are proud of the position they had worked themselves into, with medals again guaranteed in every event, and gold medals still on the table. Here is the statement from the International Table Tennis Federation on the situation:
"Due to circumstances out of the ITTF's control, and despite efforts from ITTF Officials and staff on site, it's a regret to inform the final day of the PANAM Junior Championships is not able to be completed. The ITTF will be doing a full investigation into the matter. More information to come."