New for the YOG!
There will be a maximum of 32 athletes in each event, and each country can send two athletes – one woman and one man. If a country has sent a woman and a man, they will be paired together for the mixed team event. If a country has only one athlete competing at YOG, they will be paired with an athlete from a different country on the same continent to form a team.
The YOG table tennis competition will consist of three events: men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed teams.
The format is the same for the men’s and women’s singles events: a First Stage consisting of eight groups of four players in a round robin system; a Second Stage (in two parts – A and B) to decide which athletes will go into a knockout to decide rankings 1-8 and which athletes will take the lower rankings; and a Third Stage comprising a knockout competition (quarter-finals, semi-finals and gold and bronze finals) to decide the medals, as well as rankings 5-8).
The format will be similar for the team event, except that the knockout competition will start in the Second Stage, so there will be no Third Stage.