Clevelanders grew up playing table tennis with friends at recreation centers across Northeast Ohio. As a right of passage, the game has turned into a honed skill and friendly competition with age. This wooden paddle sport is a must have when it comes to the 2024 Pan-American Masters Games.

Table tennis, also known as “ping-pong” and “whiff-whaff,” is a sport where individuals or teams of two players hit a lightweight ball, also known as the ping-pong ball, back and forth using small wooden racquets.

The game, which takes place on a hard table divided by a short net, requires quick eye-hand coordination, fast movements and techniques to reach 11 points before the opposing team to secure a win.

Although Forrest Gump may have competed in the 1972 World Table Tennis Championships, the event became an official Olympic sport much later in 1988.

If you’re a “master with the paddle,” we hope to see your lightning quick back-and-forth action in The Land during Summer 2024.

There will also be a parasport/adaptive option for table tennis.

Age Categories

  • Men’s: 30+, 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+, 80+
  • Women’s: 30+, 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+, 80+

Competitive Divisions

  • Open


  • Singles
  • Doubles
  • Mixed Doubles
  • Para-sport athletes compete with and against all other athletes in their selected Age Category. Each match played will be modified by the athlete’s requirements as a para-sport athlete.


  • Coming soon

Table Tennis Event Details

Event Dates: 07/12 – 07/21

Parasports/Adaptive Options

Sports Guide