Table Tennis Ireland is the National Governing Body for the sport of Table Tennis in Ireland and is responsible for the management and overall development of all areas of the sport, through the island.
The Irish Table Tennis Association Ltd. T/A Table Tennis Ireland was formed in 1937 and was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in 1987. Table Tennis Ireland is affiliated to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and European Table Tennis Union (ETTU).
The objectives of the Association are to promote, foster and regulate table tennis in Ireland, in every legitimate way, to hold competitions, and to arrange representative matches. Table Tennis Ireland has four affiliated Branches that govern the sport at regional and local level.
Table Tennis has been in the Summer Olympic Games since 1988, with singles, doubles and mixed team events for men and women. Athletes from China have dominated the sport, winning a total of 53 medals in 32 events, including 28 out of a possible 32 gold medals, and only failing to at least medal in one event, the inaugural Men’s Singles event at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
In 1992 (only), two bronze medals were awarded in each event. Due to China’s dominance in the sport the format was changed for the 2012 Olympics, such that only two competitors from each country can enter (instead of 3). This format makes it such that one country cannot win all three top medals – as has been the case during both the Individual Men’s and Women’s events at the Beijing Olympic tournament, where China dominated and won all 6 medals. In 2008, the doubles events were replaced by team events to lessen the emphasis on doubles play.
National Federation: Table Tennis Ireland
International Federation: International Table Tennis Federation