Rio 2016 Preview: Table Tennis

Sport: Table Tennis

Events: 29 (16 men, 13 women)

Classification: Class 1-5 sitting, the lower the number the higher the impairment

Class 6-10 – standing, the lower the number the higher the impairment

Class 11 – Intellectual impairment

Venue:  Riocentro Pavillion 3

Athlete Quota: 269 (173 men, 96 women)

International Federation: International Paralympic Committee (IPC) – Table Tennis

Preview

China is the dominant force in Paralympic Table Tennis, much like they are in the Olympic Games, winning 21 medals of a total 78 in London four years ago. China will again be the dominant force in Rio, as they look to add even more medals to their formidable total.

Table Tennis contains one of the two athletes competing in both the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Australian Melissa Tapper, who will probably not be a medal contender but is still important to watch.

Outside of China, look for European nations to do well in Table Tennis, with Poland doing especially well in Rio four years ago, and set to do so again. Germany have also done well in recent years and will look to keep that going on in Rio as well.

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