Table Tennis

"Speed and good hand-eye coordination..."

Sainsbury's and Channel 4 Present... Will Bayley Pt II 101
Sainsbury's and Channel 4 Present... Will Bayley Pt II

Table Tennis, also known as 'ping pong’, was included in the first official Paralympic Games in 1960 and is now played as an elite sport in over 104 countries worldwide.

Speed and good hand-eye coordination and are needed for Table Tennis, a sport open to all athletes with an impairment or learning disability.

Wheelchair user's are classified from one to five, with one being the most severely impaired and five the least.

Classes six to 10 are for non-wheelchair user's, with six for the more severely impaired and 10 the least. Class 11 is for athletes with a learning disability.

Every game consists of five sets, the first player to win three sets wins the match. The Paralympic programme comprises individual competitions for men and women, open wheelchair and open ambulant competitions, and class-by-class team events which are made up of four singles and one doubles match.

The rules differ very little from the non-disabled game, except that in wheelchair Table Tennis the service must exit from the end of the table, not from the side. Also, those with an amputation or hand impairment do not need to throw the ball up when serving.

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