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Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD)

Image of EAD table tennisXVII Commonwealth Games is the first wholly-inclusive multi-sport event. This means that, for the first time ever, medals won by Elite Athletes with a Disability will count towards the final medal tally.

Manchester 2002 will host the women’s wheelchair singles event for the first time.

Starting on 31 July and concluding on 4 August the women’s wheelchair singles event is set to feature many of the current stars of the EAD game.

The EAD version of the game is a much more technical and tactical affair when played from a wheelchair than the able-bodied ‘power’ game. Clearly movement around the end of the table is much more restricted but the use of good angles is crucial for a successful outcome, and provides a dimension rarely seen now in the able-bodied version.

Rules and equipment

  • The EAD version of the game differs only slightly. The ball, the table and the racket are all standard. In fact, the only major difference you’ll notice is the use of ball patrols positioned around the court to retrieve and return the ball to the players.

  • The competition is open to all women's wheelchair players (classes one to five) meeting IPC Table Tennis minimum disability criteria and having internationally authorised classification at the time of entry.

  • Maximum entry per country is two players.

  • Personal care attendants will only be permitted for players in classes one and two. Such attendants will be excluded from any restrictions on total athlete or team official numbers and will be given the same accreditation as the athlete for whom they have personal care responsibilities.

  • All competitors will be divided into pools for a single round robin competition with a maximum of six players in each pool.

  • Top two players in each pool will qualify for the direct elimination stage.

  • There is no play-off for bronze medal: a bronze will be awarded to each losing semi-finalist

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