Table tennis

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


Table Tennis
Jul 24 | 9:00-12:45
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Preliminary Round
Women's Singles Preliminary Round
Mixed Doubles Round of 16

Jul 24 | 14:15-17:15
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Round 1
Women's Singles Round 1

Jul 24 | 19:30-22:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Round 1
Women's Singles Round 1

Jul 25 | 10:00-12:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals

Jul 25 | 14:00-17:45
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Round 2
Women's Singles Round 2

Jul 25 | 20:00-22:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Mixed Doubles Semifinals

Jul 26 | 10:00-13:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Round 2
Women's Singles Round 2

Jul 26 | 14:30-17:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Round 3
Women's Singles Round 3

Jul 26 | 20:00-22:10
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match
Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match
Mixed Doubles Victory Ceremony

Jul 27 | 10:00-13:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Round 3
Women's Singles Round 3

Jul 27 | 14:30-17:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Round 3
Women's Singles Round 3
Men's Singles Round of 16
Women's Singles Round of 16

Jul 27 | 19:30-22:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Round of 16
Women's Singles Round of 16

Jul 28 | 10:00-13:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Women's Singles Quarterfinals
Men's Singles Quarterfinals

Jul 28 | 15:00-18:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Women's Singles Quarterfinals
Men's Singles Quarterfinals

Jul 28 | 20:00-22:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Quarterfinals

Jul 29 | 11:00-13:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Women's Singles Semifinals

Jul 29 | 15:00-17:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Semifinals

Jul 29 | 20:00-22:10
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Women's Singles Bronze Medal Match
Women's Singles Gold Medal Match
Women's Singles Victory Ceremony

Jul 30 | 20:00-22:10
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Singles Bronze Medal Match
Men's Singles Gold Medal Match
Men's Singles Victory Ceremony

Aug 1 | 10:00-13:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Round of 16
Women's Team Round of 16

Aug 1 | 14:30-17:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Round of 16
Women's Team Round of 16

Aug 1 | 19:30-22:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Round of 16
Women's Team Round of 16

Aug 2 | 10:00-13:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Round of 16
Women's Team Round of 16

Aug 2 | 14:30-17:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Quarterfinals
Women's Team Quarterfinals

Aug 2 | 19:30-22:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Quarterfinals
Women's Team Quarterfinals

Aug 3 | 10:00-13:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Quarterfinals
Women's Team Quarterfinals

Aug 3 | 14:30-17:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Quarterfinals
Women's Team Quarterfinals

Aug 3 | 19:30-22:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Women's Team Semifinals

Aug 4 | 10:00-13:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Women's Team Semifinals

Aug 4 | 14:30-17:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Semifinals

Aug 4 | 19:30-22:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Semifinals

Aug 5 | 11:00-14:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Women's Team Bronze Medal Team Match

Aug 5 | 19:30-22:40
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Women's Team Gold Medal Team Match
Women's Team Victory Ceremony

Aug 6 | 11:00-14:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Bronze Medal Team Match

Aug 6 | 19:30-22:40
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Men's Team Gold Medal Team Match
Men's Team Victory Ceremony

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