Sports Summary

Para-table tennis was included in the first Paralympic Games in 1960. Athletes from compete in table tennis in standing and sitting (wheelchair) classes.

Men and women compete individually and in doubles, as well as in team events. A match comprises five sets of 11 points each. The winner is the player or pair winning three of the five sets.

The rules of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) also apply to the Paralympic table tennis competitions with slight modifications regarding the serve rules for athletes competing in a wheelchair.

Links

Table Tennis Australia

International Table Tennis Federation

International Paralympic Committee

Events & Disciplines

  • Individual event
  • Team event

Classification

Who is eligible for Table Tennis? Athletes with a physical impairment or an intellectual impairment.

What are the classes? Athletes are classified into classes depending on their functional ability and whether they compete sitting or standing.

Athletes with a physical impairment: TT 1-5 (seated players), TT 6-10 (ambulant players).
Athletes with an intellectual impairment: TT 11

Classification Information Sheet – Table Tennis PDF

How do I get a classification? Find out more about seeking a Table Tennis Classification.

Classification Masterlist: Table Tennis Australia manages the National Table Tennis Classification Masterlist. This list includes athletes who have been classified as per ITTF Classification Rules or APC/TTA Classification Policy.

Australian Table Tennis Classification Masterlist

Rules & Equipment

Table

The table is 2.74 metres long, 1.525 metres wide and 76 centimetres high, while its surface must not be less than 20 centimetres thick. The competition surface is usually made from wood or synthetic materials.

Wheelchair friendly tables should have table legs at least 40 cm from the end line of the table for wheelchair players.

Net

The net is 15.25 centimetres high and extends along the width of the centre of the table, dividing it into two equal parts. The net is usually made of nylon and is coloured blue.

Ball

The ball has a 40mm diameter and weighs about 2.7 grams. It is made of celluloid or of similar plastic material. It is coloured white or mat orange.

Bats

Since the 1950s, bats have been covered by a layer of sponge-like material, which sits between a racquet’s rubber surface and the wood, creating a new type of rubber layer. Using this material, new techniques of hitting and spinning the ball were discovered and developed, making the game more dynamic.

Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
1984 1 0 0 1
1968 0 1 0 1
1964 1 0 3 4
1960 0 1 0 1

Events/Disciplines

  • Individual event
  • Team event

Classification

Who is eligible for Table Tennis? Athletes with a physical impairment or an intellectual impairment.

What are the classes? Athletes are classified into classes depending on their functional ability and whether they compete sitting or standing.

Athletes with a physical impairment: TT 1-5 (seated players), TT 6-10 (ambulant players).
Athletes with an intellectual impairment: TT 11

Classification Information Sheet – Table Tennis PDF

How do I get a classification? Find out more about seeking a Table Tennis Classification.

Classification Masterlist: Table Tennis Australia manages the National Table Tennis Classification Masterlist. This list includes athletes who have been classified as per ITTF Classification Rules or APC/TTA Classification Policy.

Australian Table Tennis Classification Masterlist

Rules & Equipment

Table

The table is 2.74 metres long, 1.525 metres wide and 76 centimetres high, while its surface must not be less than 20 centimetres thick. The competition surface is usually made from wood or synthetic materials.

Wheelchair friendly tables should have table legs at least 40 cm from the end line of the table for wheelchair players.

Net

The net is 15.25 centimetres high and extends along the width of the centre of the table, dividing it into two equal parts. The net is usually made of nylon and is coloured blue.

Ball

The ball has a 40mm diameter and weighs about 2.7 grams. It is made of celluloid or of similar plastic material. It is coloured white or mat orange.

Bats

Since the 1950s, bats have been covered by a layer of sponge-like material, which sits between a racquet’s rubber surface and the wood, creating a new type of rubber layer. Using this material, new techniques of hitting and spinning the ball were discovered and developed, making the game more dynamic.

Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
1984 1 0 0 1
1968 0 1 0 1
1964 1 0 3 4
1960 0 1 0 1