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.

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Table Tennis Australia

International Table Tennis Federation

International Paralympic Committee

Events & Disciplines

  • Individual event
  • Team event


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

More info: Para-table tennis Classification Information Sheet (updated March 2020)

Classification Masterlist: Table Tennis Australia manages the National Table Tennis Classification Masterlist (updated Nov 2020). This list includes athletes who have been classified as per ITTF Classification Rules or Paralympics Australia/TTA Classification Policy.

Rules & Equipment


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.


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.


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.


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
2016 0 1 0 1
1984 1 0 0 1
1968 0 1 0 1
1964 1 0 3 4
1960 0 1 0 1


We encourage those wishing to explore Para-table tennis to contact their state federation in the first instance. The national federation link below provides information on the national high performance program leading to competing internationally and at the Paralympic Games.

National Federation
Organisation Website
Table Tennis Australia
State Federations
State Organisation Website
ACT Table Tennis ACT
NSW Table Tennis NSW
NT Table Tennis NT
QLD Table Tennis QLD
SA Table Tennis SA
TAS Table Tennis TAS
VIC Table Tennis VIC
WA Table Tennis WA