First Edition of ‘Saudi Smash’ Championship 2024 Concludes

The Grand Smash 2024 World Table Tennis Championship, "Saudi Smash", was organized by the Saudi Table Tennis Federation, supervised by the Ministry of Sport, in cooperation with the World Table Tennis Organization (WTT) (File photo by SPA)
The Grand Smash 2024 World Table Tennis Championship, "Saudi Smash", was organized by the Saudi Table Tennis Federation, supervised by the Ministry of Sport, in cooperation with the World Table Tennis Organization (WTT) (File photo by SPA)
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First Edition of ‘Saudi Smash’ Championship 2024 Concludes

The Grand Smash 2024 World Table Tennis Championship, "Saudi Smash", was organized by the Saudi Table Tennis Federation, supervised by the Ministry of Sport, in cooperation with the World Table Tennis Organization (WTT) (File photo by SPA)
The Grand Smash 2024 World Table Tennis Championship, "Saudi Smash", was organized by the Saudi Table Tennis Federation, supervised by the Ministry of Sport, in cooperation with the World Table Tennis Organization (WTT) (File photo by SPA)

The Grand Smash 2024 World Table Tennis Championship, "Saudi Smash", which was organized by the Saudi Table Tennis Federation, supervised by the Ministry of Sport, in cooperation with the World Table Tennis Organization (WTT), concluded at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.
Assistant Minister of Sports for Sports Affairs Adwaa Al-Arifi crowned the Chinese player Wang Chuqin, ranked first in the world, with the men’s singles title, after defeating Patrick Franziska of Germany, ranked 16th in the world, with a score of 4-2. Wang now holds the distinction of being the first player to achieve three titles in the same tournament, SPA reported.
Chinese player Meng Chen, ranked fourth in the world, also secured victory in the women's singles title, after defeating the top-ranked player in the world, Yingsha Sun, with a score of 4-2. Meng Chen was presented with the championship cup by WTT Board Member Khalil Al-Muhannadi. Chen solidified her position in the world rankings, moving up from the runner-up position.
“Saudi Smash” is part of Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to promote the concept of sporting excellence and encourage a healthy lifestyle among citizens, while also showcasing the Kingdom’s capabilities in hosting major sporting events.



Teenagers Yamal and Cubarsi Included in Young Spain Squad for European Championship 

Barcelona striker Lamine Yamal celebrates during the LaLiga match FC Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano, in Barcelona, Spain, 19 May 2024. (EPA)
Barcelona striker Lamine Yamal celebrates during the LaLiga match FC Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano, in Barcelona, Spain, 19 May 2024. (EPA)
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Teenagers Yamal and Cubarsi Included in Young Spain Squad for European Championship 

Barcelona striker Lamine Yamal celebrates during the LaLiga match FC Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano, in Barcelona, Spain, 19 May 2024. (EPA)
Barcelona striker Lamine Yamal celebrates during the LaLiga match FC Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano, in Barcelona, Spain, 19 May 2024. (EPA)

Spain is set to take a young squad to the European Championship, with teenagers Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi among the players picked by coach Luis de la Fuente on Monday.

Fermín López, the 21-year-old Barcelona forward, also was included in the list of 29 players announced by the coach, who will have to cut three names from the squad for the tournament in Germany. López has yet to make his debut with the national team.

“They have talent and motivation,” De la Fuente said. “They are very versatile players. Fermín will take a leap forward with this call-up. I hope that they will benefit and show all the potential that they have.”

Ayoze Pérez was another of the few surprises on the list, with the 30-year-old Real Betis forward getting his first call-up to the senior squad.

Other strikers included Atletico Madrid’s Álvaro Morata and Real Madrid’s Joselu, as well as the 16-year-old Yamal of Barcelona and 21-year-old Nico Williams of Athletic Bilbao.

Along with Cubarsi, the 17-year-old Barcelona center back, other defenders included Madrid’s Nacho Fernández and 38-year-old veteran Jesús Navas of Sevilla.

Forwards Marco Asensio of Paris Saint-Germain, Pablo Sarabia of Wolverhampton, Brais Méndez of Real Sociedad and Gerard Moreno of Villarreal were left out.

Veteran Atletico midfielder Koke Resurrección also didn’t make the squad.

Spain will be aiming for a record fourth European Championship. It was drawn into Group B with Italy, Albania and Croatia.

“It’s a very difficult group but we are prepared,” De la Fuente said. “We will be fighting to be among the title contenders in the end.”

Spain will play warmups against Andorra and Northern Ireland before heading to Germany.