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Table Tennis In The Commonwealth Games

Table Tennis first appeared on the Commonwealth Games programme in Manchester 2002 and has appeared at each Games since. Originally optional,it has now been made a core sport.

There is also a Para-Sport Table Tennis discipline which is an optional discipline.

Table Tennis has made one appearance at the Commonwealth Youth Games, at Pune, India in 2008.

Commonwealth Games Table Tennis competition is played out according to the rules of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

  • Core / Optional Core
  • Appearances In The Games 5
  • First Games Manchester 2002
  • Most Recent Games Gold Coast 2018
Team Scotland’s Table Tennis Medal Count:
  • Total: 0
  • Asset 3
  • Asset 2
  • Asset 1

Did You Know?

  • Singapore was the top nation in Table Tennis at every Games until Gold Coast 2018, where India topped the medal table

  • Scotland took bronze in the Men’s Team event at the 2013 Commonwealth Championships but have yet to win a Table Tennis medal at the Commonwealth Games

  • Table Tennis is the most popular indoor sport in the world with over 10 million players competing in sanctioned tournaments each year

  • Originating in Victorian England, the sport has been known as whiff-whaff, flim-flam, punch ball, pim-pam and gossima

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Competition Format

Commonwealth Games Table Tennis competition consists of a total of nine medal events. There are Singles, Doubles and Team events for both men and women, including two Para-Sport events in men’s and women’s singles.

The Singles and Team competitions are played as a round robin then knockout competition while Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles are played on a straight knockout basis.

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Scotland's Top Table Tennis Players

Gavin Rumgay

Gavin Rumgay is a Perth-born athlete, who is 13 time national singles champion in table tennis. He has competed for Scotland at four Commonwealth Games: Manchester 2002, Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018. Gavin also competes in Ping Pong, and was a former Scotland squad member for tennis and badminton.

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Craig Howieson

Craig made his debut for Team Scotland at the Pune 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, before competing in Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018. He has an impressive record in the sport including as part of Scotland's bronze medal winning team at the Commonwealth Championships in 2013. He is a nine-time winner of the Scottish Men's Doubles title and a former Scottish Singles champion. Craig is now a PE teacher at a high-school in Edinburgh.

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Euan Walker

Euan Walker is best known for his outstanding dominence at the Scottish Championships, winning 12 National Men's Singles titles, the last of which he won in 2006. This tally stood as a record until it was surpassed by Gavin Rumgay, who won his 13th title in 2018. Euan competed at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, where he placed 9th in the Team competition and reached the last 16 of the Singles event. He retired in 2007.

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