PLAYERS from nine countries will be competing in the Caribbean Junior Table Tennis Championships from today at Jean Pierre Complex, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain.
In addition to regional powerhouses Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, Barbados, Curacao, Grenada, Guyana, St Lucia, St Maarten and hosts Trinidad and Tobago will also be represented in the under-15 and 18 divisions in the five-day tournament.
The team events will take place today and tomorrow, while the doubles will be played on Friday and the singles, on Saturday and Sunday.
T&T will be depending very heavily on under-18 players Arun Roopnarine, Aaron Wilson, Catherine Spicer and Brittany Joseph during the tournament.
Roopnarine and Wilson are the most talented male juniors in the country in the last decade.
They have both won senior tournaments as Wilson secured the Tobago Open title in August last year and Roopnarine trumped three-time defending champion Curtis Humphreys to take the Classified Champion-ships about a month ago.
They are joined on the male team by Savresh Mungal and Andreas Abraham, while Adefa James and Artinea Gregiore will assist Spicer and Joseph.
Spicer has been one of the leading senior players in the country for about years, while Joseph became one of the youngest ever senior national champs last year at age 14.
Although Joseph and Wilson are members of the under-18 teams, they are still eligible to compete among the under-15s and are expected to be among the favourites in singles in this category.
Mungal’s brother Amresh is at the helm of an under-15 squad, which also includes Daniel Henriques, Shakir Mitchell and Joshua Maxwell. The females selected are Gushan Latchman, Nalini Boodoo, Jasher De Gannes and Ray J Thomas.
First serve today is 9.30 a.m. and the opening ceremony will take place at 6 p.m.