Para Table Tennis 2021: Schedule, Date & Covid-19 Guidelines

Para table tennis is a self-explanatory term, a sport for the handicapped. It’s played under the aegis of the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation). There’s a lot of overlap in the rules in regular table tennis and para table tennis. Slight modifications to suit the needs of wheelchair paddlers are stated. Para paddlers are classified in classes from 1 to 11, depending on their impairment and other factors. Classes 1 to 5 are for wheelchair-bound players, 6 to 10 are for players who have a standing balance and Class 11 is for intellectually disabled players.

Competitions

With Paralympics just around the corner, the Paralympic World Qualification tournament is abuzz with activity. The qualifying event is scheduled from 3 to 5 June 2021 at Laško, Slovenia. It features a total of 31 events with 74 men and 106 women para paddlers participating. 

Table 01: Date and Venue 

Date Venue
03 to 5 June 2021 Sports Hall Trililije, Poženelova ulica 22, 3270 Laško, Slovenia

Schedule:

The proceedings at the Paralympic World Qualification tournament are scheduled as follows: 

Activity  Days 
Arrival 02 June 2021
Practice 01 and 02 June 2021
Competition Starts  03 June 2021
Competition Concludes  05 June 2021 
Departures 06 June 2021

 

Note that paddlers requiring classification has to report on 01 June 2021 at 14:00 or earlier. 

COVID Protocols

All International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) events would be played under strict COVID protocols for the safety of participants, organizers and hospitality and other members involved. 

Before Arrival

The participants should furnish any of the following documents for entry into Slovenia:   

  1. Negative PCR report for SARS-CoV-2 with the test conducted within the last two days. 
  2. Positive PCR certificate for SARS-CoV-2 older than 21 days but not older than 6 months. Or, a medical certificate establishing that the participant has fully recuperated from Coronavirus and six months have gone by since the symptoms surfaced. 
  3. COVID vaccination certificate suggesting the participant has received one of the jabs mentioned on the Slovenian Government webpage. 

Upon Arrival

  • Taking the COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test is mandatory for all even if the participant is vaccinated in his/her native country. The test site would be the official hotel.  
  • The quarantine expenses would be borne by the participant if he/she comes from a country where quarantine is mandatory. No reimbursement claims will be entertained. 
  • Only participants who test positive in the ART report will be contacted by the LOC. 
  • Those who test positive need to undergo immediate isolation and PCR-based test. The team members with whom the infected paddler comes in contact will also be subjected to the PCR-based test. The test results are obtainable within a day.   

During event

Regulations apply at different stages of the event, from the hotel to the venue.  

Hotel:

  • Participants refusing to undergo the tests would be dismissed.
  • Masks are mandatory at all times during the hotel stay or commutation.  
  • Maintaining 1.5 meters of distance is mandatory at all times. 
  • Participants feeling sick are prohibited from visiting the venue or other facilities. 
  • Participants shouldn’t leave the hotel, regardless of the reason.
  • If leaving the hotel is unavoidable, approval of the concerned authorities should be sought.  
  • Participants should refrain from assembling or mixing with fellow paddlers and others. 
  • Participants are advised to inform the organizers if they experience symptoms. 
  • Anyone with a respiratory infection is denied access to the venue until he/she tests negative in PCR. 

Venue

  • Anyone who isn’t a part of the bubble would be denied entry.  
  • When in a queue formation, everyone should stand on the floor marking.
  • Masks need to be in place at all times, except when practising or competing.   
  • Participants should avoid socializing and maintain 1.5 meters of distance.
  • Participants should stay at the hotel if they aren’t practising or playing. 
  • Participants shall have their meals at the hotel in a specific area reserved for them. 
  • Toilets are equipped with all hand-washing amenities, including soap, tissues, and more 
  • Hand sanitizers are available everywhere, from the playing area to entrance/exit points.  

Training facility

  • Only one person can accompany the player to the practice facility.
  • Masks are obligatory but not during the practice session. 
  • Social distancing should be maintained at all times. 

Competition

  • Participants shall maintain a distance of 1.5 meters during the toss and presentation. 
  • Ball kids should observe COVID appropriate behaviour, including masks and sanitization.  
  • Participants are prohibited from using their towels for wiping the table. 
  • Only a dedicated person would clean the table at the behest of the umpire. 
  • No handshakes between players and umpires and players are permitted. 
  • Spitting in the playing area is forbidden. 

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