Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best Para table tennis players from all over the Americas during the sixth edition of the Parapan American Games.
Para table tennis is one of the main events among the Paralympic sports. Athletes with physical impairments (tetraplegia, cerebral palsy, amputations, congenital conditions and polio) can compete on different sports classes, both in the standing and sitting modalities. In this sport, the Para athletes must hit the ball with their racquet over the net into their opponent’s side. Each set or match is scored to 11, and in order to win, the player must get the best of 3 of 5 or 2 of 3.
Brazil dominated the competition at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, claiming a total of 31 medals: 15 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze. Due to this amazing performance, the South American country became the undisputed champion, leaving Mexico in 2nd place with 11 medals in several events.
Para table tennis has been on the Paralympic program since the first Games in 1960.
Blade: The flat part of the racquet used for hitting the ball.
Chop: A shot aimed downward that causes the ball to backspin.
Drop shot: A return shot that falls just over the opponent’s side of the net.
Loop: An attacking shot that places a topspin on the ball.
Penhold: A popular method of gripping the racquet that resembles holding a pen.