With the definition of amateur and professional status being agreed and incorporated into the ITTF's constitution, 1981 saw the IOC vote table tennis into the Olympic Games. Although table tennis never appeared at the Olympics as a demonstration sport, by 1985, discussions were taking place about how table tennis would make its debut in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea.
Mar. 10, 2021 11:57 am ET. (Updated: Oct. 8, 2021 7:59 am ET) Learn about the history of table tennis at the Olympics. USA Today Sports. Seoul, 1988. China displayed inscrutability, then depth in 1988. Prior to the Games, Chinese officials dropped He Zhili, the reigning women's singles world champion, from its team.
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Table tennis made its Olympic debut at the Games of the XXIV Olympiadin Seoul in 1988 Two men’s and two women’s events were included at that time and the number of events remains unchanged.
1988: Table Tennis became an Olympic Sport. 1988 is the most remarkable year in the history of table tennis when the game was first introduced in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul with men’s singles, men’s doubles, woman’s singles, and woman’s doubles. China and South Korea won two titles each.
In 1926, meetings were held in Berlin and London that led to the formation of the International Table Tennis Federation. The first World Championships were held in London in 1926, but the sport had to wait a long time before it was given its Olympic debut at the 1988 Seoul Games.
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Although the first World Championships for table tennis were held all the way back in 1926, the sport did not achieve its Olympic debut until the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. The Seoul Olympics had a singles and a doubles tournament for both men and women. In 2008, the doubles tournament was replaced with a team tournament.
Table tennis competition has been in the Summer Olympic Games since 1988, with singles and doubles events for men and women.   Athletes from China have dominated the sport, winning a total of 54 medals in 33 events, including 28 out of a possible 33 gold medals, and only failing to win at least one medal in one event, the inaugural Men's Singles event at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
For the very first time, table tennis was featured in the Olympic Games, held in Seoul, South Korea 1991 A United North & South Korea team won the Corbillon Cup at the World Championships in Chiba, Japan