What's it all about?
Ever played a friendly game of table tennis, but wanted to level it up with some intense paddle moves, cool spins and ball speeds in excess of 100 kilometres an hour? If you want to upgrade your skills, then the sport of para table tennis is for you!
How it's played
Things to watch for
- Competitors using wheelchairs can have a cushion to sit on.
- It cannot be thicker than 15 centimetres so one athlete doesn't have a higher seat advantage over another.
- Some of the athletes have adapted their prosthetic limbs to work with the racquets.
- This gives them better control when hitting the ball.
- Some athletes, like Ibrahim Hamadtou of Egypt, learn to use other parts of their body to play para table tennis.
- He uses his mouth to hold the paddle to hit the ball and his legs and feet to pick up and serve the ball.