TRINIDAD and Tobago will be represented by three players in the World Junior Circuit Table Tennis Tournament from today in El Salvador.
Brittany Joseph, Aaron Wilson and Arun Roopnarine will be competing for the second straight weekend, but after being involved last weekend in a similar tournament in Guatemala, Renuka Sitram has returned home.
The 20 teams in the cadet (under-15) boys' team event have been drawn in five round-robin groups and the top two from each group will advance to the knockout phase.
Roopnarine and Wilson are drawn in Group E, along with El Salvador A, Puerto Rico B and Sweden B.
Joseph, the 14-year-old national champion, is playing with Ishana Deb of the United States and they are drawn in the first of three groups, alongside El Salvador A and B and India A.
And as is the case with the boys, the two top teams from each group will move into the knockout phase.
After capturing four gold medals in last year's edition of the Guatemala tournament, the T&T players came away empty-handed this time around.
Wilson and Roopnarine had won the cadet team and doubles events last year. But after topping their group with three wins, they were edged 3-2 in the team quarter-finals by United States A.
After winning his three matches to finish at the top of his group, Wilson reached the quarters in singles without hitting a ball as he won by default following a first-round bye. He then lost in four games to eventual runner-up Anirban Ghosh of India.
Roopnarine failed to advance from his group and the T&T duo lost in five games in the "round of 16" in doubles after a first-round bye.
Wilson failed to make the main draw in the junior (under-18) event, but after getting there, Roopnarine lost in the first round.
Joseph was unable to get out of the group phase in her (under-15) category, but she did so in the under-18 division and then lost in the first round. And after a first-round victory, Joseph and Deb lost in five sets in their attempt to reach the under-15 doubles quarters.
Sitram did not make the main draw in the junior event and lost her first match with her partner from India in doubles after a bye.
After the tournament concludes on Sunday, Joseph and fellow 14-year-old Roopnarine will head to the Dominican Republic to be a part of the national senior team for next week's Caribbean Championships.