Beijing Olympics 2008 Table Tennis

History of Table Tennis:

  • Table tennis developed in the late 19th century as an indoor form of tennis.
  • The rules of the game were defined by Ivor Montagu in 1922.
  • The World Championships for Table Tennis began in 1926.
  • Table tennis was introduced to the Olympics as a full medal sport during the Olympic Games in Seoul. I
  • The Chinese have been by far the dominant country in table tennis.
  • Both men and women players contest in singles and doubles events.

Venue for Table Tennis:

  • Table Tennis competitions for the Beijing Olympics will be held at Peking University Gymnasium.

Rules for Table Tennis:

  • The game shall be played for a score of 11 points.
  • If both players score 10 points, the player gaining a lead of 2 points first will win.
  • Players are allowed to receive advice only through authorized sources.
  • Advice may be given only during intervals.
  • In case of misbehavior, the referee may hold up a card or suspend a game.

Playing Conditions for Table Tennis:

  • The playing space shall be rectangular
  • Length: 14m
  • Width: 7m
  • Height: 5 m
  • Length of surrounds: 1.5 m (maximum)
  • Lighting should be standardized at minimum 1000 lux uniformly over the whole of the playing surface.
  • The light source shall not be less than 5m above the floor.
  • The background shall be generally dark and shall not contain bright light sources.
  • The floor should not reflect light or be slippery.
  • The floor should be made of wood or an approved material.

Equipments for Table Tennis:

  • Anti-Spin
  • Ball
  • Court
  • Net
  • Pimpled Rubber
  • Pips In
  • Pips Out
  • Racket
  • Sandwich Rubber
  • Sponge

Table Tennis Events:

The following events are included in the program for Beijing Olympics 2008:

  • Singles Men
  • Team Men
  • Singles Women
  • Team Women

Athlete Quota:

  • The target for table tennis is 172 athletes