How do you play?
The rules are practically the same as for regular table tennis, but with minor exceptions. One difference is that there are special rules regarding the ball toss part of the serve in some classes. Under Olympic rules, the ball must be placed in the open palm of the hand, thrown at least 16 cm into the air and struck. In Para table tennis, where this is not possible, the ball may be tossed by placing it on the elbow or on the racket in classes 1 to 5 (wheelchair classes).
A match is played over the best of five sets, with each set won by the first player to reach 11 points. A two-point winning margin is required to win each set.
Those who are standing play under the same conditions and rules as in the Olympic Games. They also play practically with the same speed, power and skills.
The dimensions of the table are the same as for Olympic table tennis: 2.74 m long, 1.525 m wide and 76 cm high. Regarding wheelchair friendly tables, they should have legs at least 40 cm in from the end line for athletes to play as comfortably as possible.
There are men's, women's, individual and team competitions.