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Table Tennis Schedule and Venue for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Table Tennis in Summer Games Table tennis is one of the most popular racquet sports in the world. The origin of the event can be traced back to the late nineteenth century England. Now the sport is played in numerous countries all over the world. Table tennis is known by many different names like "ping pong", "gossima", "whiff-whaff" and "flim-flam". There is big difference between the Olympic level table tennis and the recreational table tennis. In the table tennis matches, two or four players can participate. The aim of the sport is to strike a ball with a racket from one side to the other side of the table.

The 2016 Games in Numbers

  • Nations Participating : 56
  • Number of Athletes : 172
  • Total Events : 4

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Table Tennis Schedule

The table tennis players have to be really quick with their moves and strikes to excel in the game. They acquire various styles and techniques during the table tennis matches. Though known to be gentle sport event, table tennis involves a certain level of aggressiveness. The International Table Tennis Federation or the ITTF is the governing body of table tennis at the international level.

Table Tennis in the Summer Games: Table tennis for both men and women were included in the Olympic program at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games. The event has been contested regularly at the Olympics after the1988 Games. At the Olympics, the format of table tennis matches is generally best-of-five games. The events contested during the Olympics table tennis competition are-

DateStart TimeEnd TimeDisciplineGenderEventsMedalVenueZone
Aug 6, 20169:0012:45Table tennisM/FMen's and Women's Singles: Prelims Round 1NoRiocentro - Pavilion 3Barra
Aug 6, 201614:3017:30Table tennisM/FMen's and Women's Singles: Round 1NoRiocentro - Pavilion 3Barra
Aug 6, 201619:0022:00Table tennisM/FMen's and Women's Singles: Rounds 1 and 2NoRiocentro - Pavilion 3Barra
Aug 7, 20169:0012:00Table tennisM/FMen's and Women's Singles: Round 2NoRiocentro - Pavilion 3Barra
Aug 7, 201613:3016:30Table tennisM/FMen's and Women's Singles: Round 2NoRiocentro - Pavilion 3Barra
Aug 7, 201618:0022:00Table tennisM/FMen's and Women'sNoRiocentro -Barra
Aug 8, 201610:0014:00Table tennisM/FMen's and Women's Singles: Round 3NoRiocentro - Pavilion 3Barra
Aug 8, 201616:0018:00Table tennisM/FMen's and Women's Singles: Round 4NoRiocentro - Pavilion 3Barra
Aug 8, 201620:3022:30Table tennisM/FMen's and Women's Singles: Round 4NoRiocentro - Pavilion 3Barra
Aug 9, 201610:0014:00Table tennisFWomen's Singles: Quarter- finalsNoRiocentro - Pavilion 3Barra
Aug 9, 201616:0018:00Table tennisMMen's Singles: Quarter- finalsNoRiocentro - Pavilion 3Barra
Aug 9, 201620:3022:30Table tennisMMen's Singles: Quarter- finalsNoRiocentro - Pavilion 3Barra
Aug 10, 201610:0012:00Table tennisFWomen's Singles: Semi
  • Men's singles
  • Men's doubles/ team
  • women's singles
  • women's doubles/ team

Rules of Table Tennis: The International Table Tennis Federation or the ITTF is authorized to set rules for table tennis. Some of the rules, which are followed during the international table tennis competitions, are-

  • The dimension of the table, on which table tennis matches are played, is determined by the ITTF rule-book.
  • The table is divided in two halves with a net.
  • The length and height of the net are specified by the ITTF.
  • The ball used during table tennis is generally made of plastic material like celluloid. Usually the color of the ball is white or orange.
  • The blade of the racquet used during the table tennis matches has to be flat and inflexible.
  • The body movements during the serve at the beginning of the match are specified by the ITTF.
  • An umpire is appointed during table tennis match to monitor the play.
  • The player reaching to 11 points first in a game is declared the winner. The winner of a table tennis match is decided taking in account the best of any odd numbered games. generally the matches are best of five games.

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Last updated on: August 03, 2016

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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