Here is a look at how the qualification system will work for Paris Olympics in Table Tennis!
Table Tennis at Paris Olympics
Table Tennis at Paris Olympics will be contested across 5 events: Men’s Team, Women’s Team, Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Mixed Doubles. A total of 172 players will qualify. In the team event, 16 teams will qualify. In the mixed doubles event as well, 16 pairs will qualify. The qualification is subject to maximum 3 players per gender from 1 nation.
How will qualification system work?
Team Event: In both Men’s & Women’s team event, 16 teams will qualify. These 16 quotas will be allocated through 3 different routes. Out of 16 places, 1 place is reserved for host nation -France.
8 quotas to be given to Top 8 teams of 2024 World Table Tennis Championship
6 quotas to be allocated basis continental qualifiers – 1 quota is available with Asia
1 quota to be given according to World Ranking – Highest ranked team who is yet to qualify as per March 2024 ranking list will get a quota.
Ranking points won at 2022 Commonwealth Games, 2022 World Team Championship, 2023 Asian Games & 2024 World Team Championship will play a key role in ranking quota.
Mixed Doubles Qualification: Out of the 16 pairs who will qualify, 1 place is reserved for host country. Other 15 quotas will be given through 3 different routes:
6 quotas through continental qualification – 1 quota is available through Asian route
– 4 quotas to be given through World Qualification event
– 5 quotas to be given through Mixed Doubles ranking as on 7th May, 2024
Singles Qualification: For all the 16 teams that qualify in Team event, they will automatically get 2 quotas in respective Singles event. 2 highest ranked players from qualified team will receive singles quota.
Apart from this, 22 quotas will be allocated based on continental qualification/world ranking. In Singles, Asia has got 6 continental qualification places. Some more quotas will be allocated based on World Ranking as of 18 June 2024.
Timeline of qualification events:
Asian continental qualification event for team: TBD
World Team Table Tennis Championships: 16-25 Feb 2024
World Team Ranking cut-off: 1 March, 2024
Mixed Doubles World Qualification Event: April 2024
Mixed Doubles ranking cut-off: 7 May, 2024
Singles Asia Continental Qualification event: 6-12 May 2024
Singles World Ranking cut-off: 18 June, 2024
We will update dates of qualification events post official announcement.
Indian chances of qualification
Both Indian Men’s and Women’s team narrowly missed out on team qualification at Tokyo Olympics. Currently both Men’s and Women’s team are just out of top 16 ranking. Their qualification will depend on performances in upcoming events till March 2024.
Ranking as of 9th August 2022
Men’s Team – 17
Women’s Team – 21
Mixed Doubles – Sathiyan & Manika – 6 ⭐
Men’s Singles: Sathiyan (37), Sharath (39)
Women’s Singles: Manika (44), Archana (71)