2023 World Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships

Crete - Greece

Title
2023 World Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships
Status
Completed
Date
November 2023
Project description

The third edition of the world tournament was a global celebration of life and an open arena for Parkinson’s fighters. The picturesque Greek island was a perfect relaxing setting for some competitive yet camaraderie-filled table tennis matches! Family members and the general public were also invited to witness the health benefits table tennis can bring to people with Parkinson's, as well as their determination to play table tennis just as good as anyone else, even with the conditions and physical impairments. This was a momentous Championship as it was held in the context of the first World Table Tennis For Health Festival.

We thank the Hellenic Table Tennis Federation for their support in organising the Championships.

Aim
  • To create a platform for people with Parkinson's to come on the world stage to play table tennis, compete and build strong social connections.
  • To raise awareness of for the positive health benefits of playing table tennis for people with Parkinson’s.
  • To provide networking opportunities for the persons diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their families to exchange ideas and experiences.
Target group
Players with Parkinson's Disease as well as caregivers. It was also open to the general public to cheer and participate in the open event
Results
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Contribution to the Global Goals

Target 3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

Expected outcomes:

  • 22% of the ITTF Member Associations (50) participate in the 2023 World Parkinson's Table Tennis Championship.
  • 150 players from three different continents participate.
  • A female participation rate of 35%.
  • 70% of the participants are satisfied with the new classification system.
  • Increase awareness of Parkinson's disease and the benefits of table tennis for rehabilitation.
  • Establish the World Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships as a consolidated event.

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