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Payam Zarehbin &nbsp&nbsp Kai Zarehbin traveled to Thailand to compete in the World Junior Table Tennis Championships in Thailand.

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Alameda resident Kai Zarehbin was one of four members on the United States table tennis team that competed at the 2019 International Table Tennis Federation World Junior Table Tennis Championship. The tournament took place Nov. 24 to Dec. 1 at Terminal 21 in Korat, Thailand. 

Zarehbin, 15, was the youngest member of the team. He was joined on the team by Nikhil Kumar, Victor Liu and Michael Tran. 

Zarehbin competed in the junior boys’ singles competition, but failed to reach the tournament stage. The competition begins in the qualifying stage where each participant plays in a round-robin tournament with the other three members in their group. Each match is a best-of-seven. The first to 11 points wins the match, but a player must win by two points. The top two point accumulators in each group advance to the 32-player tournament to decide the championship. 

Zarehbin went 1-2 in Group 11 of the qualifying stage. He lost to Togami Shunsuke of Japan, 0-4 (2-11, 8-11, 10-12, 6-11). He lost to Filip Delincak of Slovakia, 3-4 (11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11,11-9, 11-13, 5-11). He beat Thyme Sanglertsilpachai of Thailand, 4-3 (11-5, 4-11, 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9). Peng Cheng of China won the overall competition.

The United States team finished eighth out of 12 teams in the junior boys’ team competition. In the boys’ team competition the 12 teams divided into four groups. Each team plays the other two teams in the group in five singles’ matches. The top two point accumulators in the group advance to the tournament to decide the winner. The US team played in Group 3. They defeated Australia 3-0, but lost to Belgium 1-3. Zarehbin did not compete in either match. With a 1-1 group stage record, the U.S. advanced to the championship tournament. However, they lost to Chinese Taipei, 3-2, in the quarterfinal round. The U.S. team lost 3-2 to Singapore in the first round of the consolation bracket. Zarehbin did not compete in this match. The U.S. team then lost 0-3 to Germany in the second consolation match. Zarehbin lost to Kirill Fadeev, 1-3 (8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 4-11). China won the overall competition.

Zarehbin teamed with Victor Liu in the junior boys’ doubles competition. However, they lost in the first round to Lillian Bardet and Vincent Picard of France, 0-3 (7-11, 5-11, 13-11). China won the championship.

Finally, Zarehbin teamed with Rachel Yang to compete in the junior mixed doubles competition. He and Yang lost to Myu Nagasaki and Shunsake of Japan, 0-3 (4-11, 4-11, 4-11), in the first round. Japan won the championship.

His play in the tournament don’t negate a good year for Zarehbin. After two national youth ranking tournaments, he is ranked fourth in the country for boys under 18. He finished 12th in the national men’s ranking tournament in Westchester, NY in August.