International Events

World Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships and Table Tennis for Health Initiatives

The ITTF Foundation announced details about the highly anticipated World Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships, set to take place in Crete (Greece) from November 1st to 5th.

For further information and to get involved in these initiatives visit the official event website

In tandem with this event, we extend a heartfelt invitation on behalf of the ITTF Foundation to explore the potential of organizing "Table Tennis for Health" activities, focusing on individuals affected by neurodegenerative diseases. Beyond catering to the elderly population, table tennis holds remarkable promise for those grappling with conditions such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and dementia.

Benefits of Engaging in Table Tennis for People with Parkinson's Disease:

Enhanced Physical and Cognitive Function: Regular table tennis participation can significantly improve balance, hand-eye coordination, focus, memory, and a sense of rhythmic tranquility.

Holistic Well-being: Engaging in table tennis fosters physical movement, cognitive relaxation, and social interaction, offering a comprehensive approach to well-being.

Immediate and Long-Term Gains: Even a brief 15-20 minute session of table tennis can yield noticeable improvements, including reduced stiffness, shortened "off" periods, prolonged "on" periods, and decreased frustration.

Sustained Positive Impact: The positive effects of a single session can extend for several days, underscoring the enduring benefits of regular participation.

We encourage you to explore the myriad possibilities that table tennis presents in enhancing the lives of individuals affected by neurodegenerative conditions. By embracing initiatives such as the World Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships and "Table Tennis for Health" activities, we can collectively contribute to improving the quality of life for many.