Rio Olympics: Table Tennis Explained

Table tennis at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is scheduled to take place from 6 to 17 August 2016 at the third pavilion of Riocentro.

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Olympic table tennis competition will see 172 competitors (86 men and 86 women) battle it out in four events: men’s singles, women’s singles and men’s and women’s teams. Power, skill and lightning-quick reflexes are required to win at table tennis, which is based on the same principles as its tableless namesake.

A point is won if the opponent fails to return the ball, hits the net or misses the table. Eleven points are needed to win a set. Each game is the best of five sets.

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