Winner on the 2015 ITTF Junior Circuit in Mauritius when he accounted for colleague Aly Ghallab at the final hurdle, Youssef Abdel-Aziz has been named the ITTF Dream Building Ambassador for 2016.
Now 16 years old, Youssef Abdel-Aziz was a member of the Hopes Team in 2011; he impressed with his calm and composed attitude on that occasion and has maintained that persona continually.
One year later he was also a member of the Hopes programme, before being selected for the African Team at the ITTF World Cadet Challenge in both Barbados in 2014 and more recently in Sharm El-Sheikh.
Notably in the latter event he reached the quarter-final stage of the Cadet Boys’ Singles event, losing to China’s Yang Shuo, the eventual winner.
Additionally he won the Cadet Boys’ Singles event at the 2015 African Junior and Cadet Championships but arguably his best result came earlier this year in the Indian city of Indore when at the ITTF Junior Circuit Finals.
Youssef Abdel-Aziz qualified for the prestigious competition by concluding the year as the leading player from the continent of Africa on the ITTF World Junior Circuit Boys’ Standings; that was no mean feat when considering the fact that he was still in the cadet age group and was competing against players three years his senior.
In teenage years, on occasions the gap can prove considerable in both physical and mental maturity,
Impressively, Youssef Abdel-Aziz finished in second place in his first stage group and just as in Sharm El-Shiekh, the only player in that phase of proceedings against whom he experienced defeat, was the eventual champion. He was beaten by Japan’s Takuto Izumo.
However, he overcame Brazil’s Isaac Zauli in the initial phase but the most notable win was his success against Romania’s Cristian Pletea, the no.4 seed and the player who earlier in the year had been listed in top spot on the Under 15 Boys’ World Rankings.
“Besides his regular schedule, he will also be exposed to some additional training camps with experienced coaches in Europe with the German Junior Team under the direction of Eva Jeler and at other International Training Centres where similarly experienced coaches are based”, explained Dejan Papic, the Education and Training Co-ordinator. “More details will be known after the current Perfect 2016 World Championships.”
The results underline the level at which Youssef Abdel-Aziz can perform but it is the character of the young man, who spends half of the year in Germany and the other half in his native Egypt that makes him ideal for the role of Dream Building Ambassador.
Always, he is smartly dressed, always he conducts himself impeccably; there are no unwanted antics when playing.
Never is there a hint of bad temper nor bad manners. Always he sets the example; that is the role of an ambassador, the role of a Dream Building Ambassador.

Culled from ITTF.com