With the sport originating in the late 19th century in England, table tennis was added to the Olympic program for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. It first consisted of only men’s and women’s singles and doubles but since 2008, it has also had team events and will include mixed doubles. The main components of the game are similar to tennis, such as not letting the ball bounce twice on one’s own side of the table, but the point system is different. Singles matches are best-of-seven games with 11 points each game and for team matches, best of five. Also the serving system is different, with table tennis serving changing after every two points.
The table is 2.74-meters-long and 1.525-meters-wide and the ball is plastic. As the ball travels at up to 100 kilometers per hour, players need quick reactions and reflexes to make good contact with the ball. Table tennis will be held from July 24 to 30 and Aug. 1 to 6.
Venue and access information:
Table Tennis will take place in Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium that also held the gymnastics and water polo competitions for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. It can hold up to 7,000 people and is one minute from Sendagaya Station on the Sobu Line and Kokuristu-kyogijo Station on the Toei Oed