World Para Table Tennis Championships

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The World Para Table Tennis Championships are the world championships for para table tennis where athletes with a disability compete. They are organised by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) on a four-year rotation with the Paralympic Games (every four years).

Para 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.

International Table Tennis Federation international table tennis governing body

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is the governing body for all national table tennis associations. The role of the ITTF includes overseeing rules and regulations and seeking technological improvement for the sport of table tennis. The ITTF is responsible for the organization of numerous international competitions, including the World Table Tennis Championships that has continued since 1926.

Paralympic Games major international sport event for people with disabilities

The Paralympics is a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities, including impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).


The first edition was held in 1990 in Assen, Netherlands, the second in 1998, from that the championships was held every four years. [1]

Assen City and Municipality in Drenthe, Netherlands

Assen is a municipality and a city in the northeastern Netherlands, and is the capital of the province of Drenthe. It received city rights in 1809. Assen is known for TT Circuit Assen, the motorcycle racing circuit, where on the last Sunday in June the Dutch TT is run; and also for the annual Assen Dance Festival.

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.


Individual and TeamIndividualTeam
EditionYearHostDatesNationsCompetitorsMost golds wonRef
1 1990 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Assen 15–21 July35226Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (14) [2]
2 1998 Flag of France.svg Paris 24–30 October39292Flag of France.svg  France (10) [3]
3 2002 Chinese Taipei Paralympic Flag (pre-2004).svg Taipei 15–22 August45319Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (8) [4]
4 2006 Civil Ensign of Switzerland.svg Montreux 22 September–1 October48346Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (14) [5]
5 2010 Flag of South Korea.svg Gwangju 25 October–3 November46296Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (14) [6]
6 2014 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing 6–15 September45304Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (14) [7]
1 2017 Flag of Slovakia.svg Bratislava 17 - 20 May34247Flag of Russia.svg  Russia (3) [8]
7 2018 Flag of Slovenia.svg Lasko 15 - 21st October56330Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea (4) [9]

All-time medal count

As 2018 (including medals won at the 2017 team championships)

1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)542527106
2Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)352949113
3Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)33203083
4Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)22221963
5Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)13161342
6Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)961126
7Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)7121433
8Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)7111836
9Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE)611926
10Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia  (SVK)69823
11Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)68822
12Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)67619
13Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey  (TUR)48517
14Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)45413
15Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)43714
16Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia  (SRB)41611
17Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR)36817
18Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)351422
19Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)35917
20Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong  (HKG)35311
21Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)34310
22Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE)281222
23Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)241016
24Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)22711
25Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan  (JOR)1337
26Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  (CRO)1247
27Flag of Israel.svg  Israel  (ISR)1236
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland  (SUI)1236
29Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)1179
30Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)1135
31Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)1113
32Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)0437
33Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 0156
34Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand  (THA)0134
35Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)0101
36Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)0033
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)0033
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland  (IRL)0033
39Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt  (EGY)0022
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia  (SLO)0022
41Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia  (INA)0011
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran  (IRI)0011
Totals (42 nations)248251350849

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  3. 1998 World Championships
  4. 2002 World Championships
  5. 2006 World Championships
  6. 2010 World Championships
  7. 2014 World Championships
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