From the eight countries that constituted the ITTF Hopes Week for the 2015 World Cadet Challenge, Egypt and Nigeria have been listed in the eight-man contingent.

Seven days in Shanghai concluded on Sunday 5th July, the nominations for the Hopes Team to compete in the ITTF World Cadet Challenge, to be staged in the historic Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheik from Friday 23rd October to Saturday 31st October, are announced.

Nikhil Kumar of the United States alongside Nigeria’s Abayomi Animasahun, Singapore’s Yan Kai Andy Wong and New Zealand’s Nathan Xu are named in the Boys’ team.

Meanwhile, the girls’ selection comprises Egypt’s Sara Elhakem, India’s Diya Parag Chitale, Russia’s Elizabet Abraamian and El Salvador’s Melissa Mendoza.

Both outfits are supported by Butterfly with the selection meeting one of the main objectives of the ITTF Hopes Programme; that every member continent of the International Table Tennis Federation is represented.

The winner of the Boys’ Singles and Girls’ Singles events at the Challenge Tournament, Nikhil Kumar and Sara Elhakem, gained automatic selection.

The remaining three places for boys and three places for girls were based on a combination of coaches’ assessment in Shanghai and results at the Challenge Tournament.

Evaluation by the coaches formed 65 per cent of the overall calculation. Items taken into consideration were speed and strength alongside a sense of feeling and ability to spin the ball. In addition the appraisal addressed attitude, mental strength, adaptability in a match situation, training and potential.

Meanwhile, at the Challenge Tournament, the players were allocated points which were translated into a percentage, the winner of each of the Boys’ Singles and Girls’ Singles events receiving the maximum 35 per cent of the total mark.

Selection complete but most pertinently there are further names who will be in Sharm El-Sheik as part of the ITTF Hopes concept.

All players must be accompanied by a coach recognised and approved by the relevant national association.

The players will attend a 14 day training camp at a venue yet to be determined prior to travelling to Sharm El-Sheik.

Dejan Papic, the ITTF Education and Training Co-ordinator is the Mentor of the Hopes Team, Polona Cehovin Susin, the ITTF Education and Training Director, is the Team Manager.