Special Rules for Table Tennis in Olympics

Special Rules of Table Tennis in Olympics Tokyo 2021

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Table Tennis Olympics is the most prestigious tournament (Games of the XXXII Olympiad, Tokyo 2021). Therefore, there are some specific rules that you should know. Unlike the normal tournament, there are some different rules than the basic rules in table tennis.

Qualification Rules

Olympic Tokyo 2021 table tennis
Olympic Tokyo 2021 table tennis

There are limit of participants allowed in Olympic Games table tennis.

64 to 70 players in single events
64 to 70 players in single events
Only 16 teams in table tennis Olympic
Only 16 teams in table tennis Olympic
Only 16 mixed double in Olympics table tennis
Only 16 mixed double in Olympics table tennis

Here are the list of LIST OF QUALIFIED TEAMS for both Men and Women Team.

Pos.PlayerCountryYOB
1BOLL TimoGER1981
2FALCK MattiasSWE1991
3OVTCHAROV DimitrijGER1988
4FRANZISKA PatrickGER1992
5PITCHFORD LiamENG1993
6GROTH JonathanDEN1992
7SAMSONOV VladimirBLR1976
8KARLSSON KristianSWE1991
9FREITAS MarcosPOR1988
10FILUS RuwenGER1988
11GAUZY SimonFRA1994
12WALTHER RicardoGER1991
13LEBESSON EmmanuelFRA1988
14HABESOHN DanielAUT1986
15APOLONIA TiagoPOR1986
16KOU LeiUKR1987
17IONESCU OvidiuROU1989
18DUDA BenediktGER1994
19GIONIS PanagiotisGRE1980
20TOKIC BojanSLO1981
21GARDOS RobertAUT1979
22ROBLES AlvaroESP1991
23STEGER BastianGER1981
24PERSSON JonSWE1986
25SKACHKOV KirillRUS1987
26FEGERL StefanAUT1988
27JORGIC DarkoSLO1998
28PISTEJ LubomirSVK1984
29GACINA AndrejCRO1986
30DYJAS JakubPOL1995
31NUYTINCK CedricBEL1993
32PUCAR TomislavCRO1996
33WANG YangSVK1994
34AKKUZU CanFRA1997
35STOYANOV NiagolITA1987
36OLAH BenedekFIN1991
37BOBOCICA MihaiITA1986
38JANCARIK LubomirCZE1987
39SZOCS HunorROU1992
40KHANIN AliaksandrBLR1998
41LIND AndersDEN1998
42LAMBIET FlorentBEL1995
43GERALDO JoaoPOR1995
44WALKER SamuelENG1995
45SHIBAEV AlexanderRUS1990
46ROBINOT AlexandreFRA1995
47SIRUCEK PavelCZE1992
48DEVOS RobinBEL1994
49LEVENKO AndreasAUT1998
50LIVENTSOV AlexeyRUS1981
Pos.PlayerCountryYOB
1SZOCS BernadetteROU1995
2POLCANOVA SofiaAUT1994
3SAMARA ElizabetaROU1989
4SOLJA PetrissaGER1994
5LI JieNED1984
6EKHOLM MatildaSWE1982
7POTA GeorginaHUN1985
8HAN YingGER1983
9YU FuPOR1978
10LI QianPOL1986
11EERLAND BrittNED1994
12NI Xia LianLUX1963
13MIKHAILOVA PolinaRUS1986
14MITTELHAM NinaGER1996
15BALAZOVA BarboraSVK1992
16XIAO MariaESP1994
17PESOTSKA MargarytaUKR1991
18WINTER SabineGER1992
19MATELOVA HanaCZE1990
20NOSKOVA YanaRUS1994
21PERGEL SzandraHUN1988
22GAPONOVA GannaUKR1985
23SOLJA AmelieAUT1990
24LIU JiaAUT1982
25PARTYKA NataliaPOL1989
26MADARASZ DoraHUN1993
27DE NUTTE SarahLUX1992
28GALIC AlexSLO1994
29CECHOVA DanaCZE1983
30DVORAK GaliaESP1988
31BERGSTROM LindaSWE1995
32BILENKO TetyanaUKR1983
33YANG XiaoxinMON1988
34LOEUILLETTE StephanieFRA1992
35GASNIER LauraFRA1993
36SHAO JieniPOR1994
37MORET RachelSUI1989
38TAILAKOVA MariiaRUS2001
39LUPULESKU IzabelaSRB1999
40LANG KristinGER1985
41JEGER MatejaCRO1995
42PAVLOVICH ViktoriaBLR1978
43VIVARELLI DeboraITA1993
44PICCOLIN GiorgiaITA1996
45ZHANG Sofia-XuanESP1999
46MONTEIRO DODEAN DanielaROU1988
47ADAMKOVA KarinCZE1994
48TRIGOLOS DariaBLR1999
49BOGDANOVA NadezhdaBLR2000
50CHASSELIN PaulineFRA1997
  • There are only 16 teams that is qualified for the Table Tennis Olympics
  • Each country with a qualified Men’s or Women’s Team will be entitled to nominate only two (2) athletes to compete in the Singles events.
  • Maximum of one (1) team per country can participate. Even if some country is very strong in table tennis, like China.
MOTIF, the new Olympic table tennis table
MOTIF, the new Olympic table tennis table
Important table tennis rules in Olympics
Important table tennis rules in Olympics

Changes from Previous Olympics (Rio 2016/PyeongChang 2018)

There are also some modifications compared to the previous Olympics.

Clothing

One identification of the manufacturer will be permitted on Zippers and Buttons, and should appear in the same colour as the concerned item (i.e. tone on tone), as long as such identifications are deemed not conspicuous by the IOC.

Size and frequency of Authorised Identifications is modified.

Clothing Rule in Olympics
Clothing Rule in Olympics

Eyewear

Eyewear may carry the identification of the manufacturer as generally used on products sold through the retail trade during the period of 6 months or more prior to the Games, with the Identifications permitted on the lenses so long as such identifications are tone-on-tone, engraved into the lens, and is not deemed as conspicuous by the IOC.

Eyewear Rules in the Olympic Games
Eyewear Rules in the Olympic Games

Headgear

Additional option – Two Identifications of the Manufacturer per accessory item will be permitted, to a maximum size of 5 cm2 each, placed above each ear. One identification of the manufacturer per item, with a maximum size of 10 cm2.

Headgear permission in table tennis Olympics
Headgear permission in table tennis Olympics

Footwear

In principle, athletes’ names are not allowed on the footwear unless listed as a technical requirement in the sport specific implementation section or are found on shoes sold on the retail consumer market six (6) months prior to the Games.

Socks rule in Olympic Games Table Tennis
Socks rule in Olympic Games Table Tennis

Items That Must Remain Unbranded

Certain items, due in particular to their potential for abuse in the context of product placement or advertising on the Field of Play (FOP), should at all times remain unbranded and/or not feature any Identification (by covering any existing Identification) if brought by the participant on the FOP or in camera view.

You must hide the brand name for your bottles and headphones
You must hide the brand name for your bottles and headphones

Consequently, the following Items may not feature any Identification of the Manufacturer: headphones, water bottles, coolers, umbrellas, towels, bandages (i.e. kinesio tape), contact lenses, earplugs, mouth guards and nose clips. This list is an exemplary and non-exhaustive list and may be amended and completed when necessary by the IOC.

Paddle/Racket

Up to 3 Identifications of the Manufacturer will be permitted on the blade (one on each side and on the bottom of the grip), one Identification of the Manufacturer will be permitted on each rubber (embossed on the rubber as authorised by the ITTF), and one Identification of the Manufacturer, with a maximum length of 4cm, will be permitted
on racket side tape.

Clothing guide lines for table tennis players
Clothing guide lines for table tennis players

The total combined size of these Identifications of the Manufacturer shall not be greater than 10% of the surface area of the item, to a maximum total size of 60 cm2.

Some rules for table tennis in Olympics
Some rules for table tennis in Olympics

Here are some of the General Guidelines Regarding Authorised Identifications Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2021.

Qualification Rules system of table tennis in Olympics

Continental Quota - Singles qualification with a maximum of 2 athletes from the same country
Continental Quota – Singles qualification with a maximum of 2 athletes from the same country

Number of events

There are 5 events of table tennis in Olympics:

  • Men’s Events (2): Singles, and Team
  • Women’s Events (2): Singles, and Team
  • Mixed Event (1): Mixed Doubles

ATHLETES QUOTA

  • Men: 82 (Qualification Places) + 3 (Host Country Places) + 1 (Tripartite Commission Invitation Places)
  • Women: 82 (Qualification Places) + 3 (Host Country Places) + 1 (Tripartite Commission Invitation Places)
  • Total: 172

Maximum Number of Athletes per country:

  • Men: 3
    – Maximum 1 Team of 3 athletes
    – Maximum 2 athletes in singles
    – Maximum 1 athlete in mixed doubles
  • Women 3
    – Maximum 1 Team of 3 athletes
    – Maximum 2 athletes in singles
    – Maximum 1 athlete in mixed doubles
  • Total: 6/ country

Team qualification:

  • 6 Continental Team qualification with one team (3 athletes) per country
  • 9 World Team qualification with one team (3 athletes) per country
  • 1 Host Country (if not already qualified)
  • Total = 16

Singles qualification:

  • 32 With two (2) athletes nominated from each country with one qualified team.
  • 22 Continental Singles qualification with a maximum of two (2) athletes from the same country
  • 1 Tripartite Commission Invitation place
  • 2-8 Not less than 2 and not more than 8 from the Final World Singles Qualifying Tournament
  • 1-13 Minimum 1 from ITTF World Ranking
  • Total = 64-70 With a maximum of two (2) athletes from the same country to participate in singles events

Olympic Table Tennis Scoring Rules

How many games in a match?

A match is the best of 7 games in the men’s and women’s individual events and the best of 5 games in the men’s and women’s team events. In team events, the first team to win 3 games is the overall winner.

In the history, table tennis set ends with 21 points. Today table tennis score is 11 points system.
In the history, table tennis set ends with 21 points. Today table tennis score is 11 points system.

Towel off and time out

time out during a table tennis match
time out during a table tennis match

You are allowed to wipe yourself off (towering) every 6 points during a match, such as 3-3, 6-6, 4-2, etc.

Each player (or double team) is authorized to claim 1 time-out of one minute maximum during a match.

You are allowed to a maximum rest period of 1 minute between matches. During this rest period, you must leave your racket on the table.

International Officials and Referee for Olympics Table Tennis

List of jury and referee table tennis Olympics
List of jury and referee table tennis Olympics

References:

  • IOC Guidelines Table Tennis
  • https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/schedule/olympic/

 

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Spinnerz
Spinnerz
6 months ago

Salut Coach,

I have an idea for your next article. How about an article to highlight the differentiate between Chinese vs Euro style TT. Ever since I come into this sport, I have been reading and hearing about these two mainstream style. I live in Asia and I only know one style; the so called Chinese or Asian style. Even that I was not aware of the existence of Chinese or Euro style until I read the internet forum.

Rikudo
Rikudo
Reply to  Coach EmRatThich
6 months ago

It is true for Gardos Robert, this player during world championships team events in 2018 he played a match against Ma Long in 7 games !!

Rikudo
Rikudo
Reply to  Coach EmRatThich
6 months ago

Look at this match against the best player of all time.
Gardos is able to brings him at 7 games.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nQKHm3TZwPA

salik
salik
6 months ago

Hi Coach.( plz read the whole discussion and help me) I just wanted to ask you that i am looking forward for building a new racket. I want a really flexy and soft blade by which i can get excellent kick effect and spin. The rubbers that i am going to use and that i think are going to be good are DHS Neo hurricane 3($22) on FH and on BH Tibhar evolution mxp. I was thinking to buy the DHS Hurricane H-TP blade that has good flex and is soft but it is 7ply. Then i thought of TSP… Read more »

salik
salik
Reply to  Coach EmRatThich
6 months ago

Thanks coach. You said that my rubbers are OK. which rubbers do you recommend that are better.Make sure that each rubber is not more then $40. I want a really chinese style racket with a soft/flexy blade with a really tacky and hard rubber on fh and euro style rubber on backhand. Thanks a lot.

Rikudo
Rikudo
Reply to  Coach EmRatThich
6 months ago

Another great rubber for Fh is Yasaka Rakza X.
At first i wanted tu put it for Bh but so good for Fh also !!
Low Throw Angle, great control even in Max, not to much sensitive and th best excellent spin !!

Spinnerz
Spinnerz
Reply to  salik
6 months ago

I use Stiga Offensive CR blade. FH rubber is Xiom Asia iV, BH is Xiom Europe Vega.
Very controllable set up and powerful when full stroke is engaged.

spinnerz
spinnerz
6 months ago

Coach,

Can you do an article to differentiate between Chinese versus European style?

These two mainstream style has given me much confusion. thanks.

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