Table Tennis

Para table tennis is a disabled sport which follows the rules set by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). The usual table tennis rules are in effect with slight modifications for wheelchair athletes. Athletes from disability groups can take part. Athletes receive classifications between 1-11. Classes 1-5 are for those in wheelchairs and classes 6-10 for those who have disabilities that allow them to play standing. Within those groups, the higher classification means the more function the athlete has. Class 11 is defined for players with an intellectual disability.

The roles of classification are to determine eligibility to compete for athletes with disability and to group athletes equitably for competition purposes. Athletes are grouped by reference to functional ability, resulting from their impairment.

Who is eligible for table tennis?
  • Impaired Muscle Power
  • Limb Deficiency
  • Intellectual Impairment
  • Hypertonia
  • Short Stature
  • Impaired Passive Range Of Movement
  • Leg Length Difference
  • Athetosis
  • Ataxia
Sitting classes
Class 1 NO sitting balance with severe reduction of function in the playing arm.
Class 2 No sitting balance with reduction of function in the playing arm.
Class 3 No sitting balance, although the upper part of the trunk may show
activity. Normal arms, although some slight motor losses can be found in
the playing hand without significant effect on table tennis skills. The
non-playing arm keeps the trunk in position.
Class 4 Existing sitting balance although not optimal because of non-existing
anchorage (stabilisation) of the pelvis.
Class 5 Normal function of trunk muscles.


Standing classes
Class 6 Severe impairments of legs and arms.
Class 7 Very severe impairments of legs (poor static and dynamic balance), or
severe to moderate impairments of playing arm, or combination of arms
and legs impairments less severe than in class 6.
Class 8 Moderate impairments of the legs, or moderate impairments of playing arm
(considering that elbow and shoulder control is very important), or
cerebral palsy,
or diplegia with good playing arm.
Class 9 Mild impairments of the leg(s), or mild impairments of playing arm, or
severe impairments of non-playing arm, or mild
cerebral palsy
hemiparesis or
Class 10 Very mild impairments in legs, or very mild impairment of playing arm,
or severe to moderate impairment of non-playing arm, or moderate
impairment of the trunk.
Class 11 For players with an
intellectual disability.


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