at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
|Venue||Riocentro – Pavilion 3|
|Dates||6–17 August 2016|
|No. of events||4|
|Competitors||172 from 56 nations|
|Table tennis at the|
2016 Summer Olympics
Table tennis at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 6 to 17 August 2016 at the third pavilion of Riocentro. Around 172 table tennis players (equally distributed between men and women) competed in both the singles and team events. Table tennis had appeared at the Summer Olympics on seven previous occasions beginning with the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. In addition to men's and women's singles, the team events were staged for the third time since replacing doubles events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Main article: Table tennis at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Qualification
As the host nation, Brazil had automatically qualified six athletes; a team of three men and women with one each competing in the singles.
The top 22 male and top 22 female players on the International Table Tennis Federation's Olympic ranking list as of January 1, 2016 were qualified for the singles event at the Games. No nation could have more than two players per gender in the singles at these Games, so some players below the twenty-eighth position were given a qualifying place based on ranking.
Forty places were awarded to the table tennis players with a maximum of two per NOC and gender through the following continental qualification tournaments between July 1, 2015 and April 24, 2016: six each from Africa and Latin America, eleven each from Asia and Europe, and three each from North America and Oceania. One invitational place per gender was allocated by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
For the team events, the highest-ranked NOC from each continent that already contained two qualified players for the singles added a quota place to form a team of three players and thereby secured a direct qualifying place for the Games based on the ITTF Olympic Team Ranking list. The remaining ten teams were allotted to the nine highest-ranked NOCs in any continent and to the host nation Brazil (if not qualified by any means) that have two players qualified for the singles. If less than nine nations, the next best teams with a single player would have secured a place for the Olympics.
|Event↓/Date →||Sat 6||Sun 7||Mon 8||Tue 9||Wed 10||Thu 11||Fri 12||Sat 13||Sun 14||Mon 15||Tue 16||Wed 17|
A total of 172 athletes (86 men and 86 women), representing 56 NOCs, competed in four events.
Main article: List of table tennis players at the 2016 Summer Olympics
|Totals (4 nations)||4||4||4||12|
|| China (CHN)
| Japan (JPN)
| Germany (GER)|
|| China (CHN)
| Germany (GER)
| Japan (JPN)|