How many table tennis players in the world

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How many people play table tennis in the world? Table tennis is a very popular sport, based on the number of players it is second only to football. Table tennis offers many health benefits, which is why it is very popular.

Number of table tennis players

Number of table tennis players in the world
Number of table tennis players in the world

Here are the statistics:

  • Second only to football in terms of national association, the ITTF has 226 national associations [1].
  • In England, the number of people aged 16 and over who play table tennis for at least 30 minutes each week stands at 102,600, up from 93,500 six months ago and 101,000 [2] one year ago.
  • 300 million people worldwide played table tennis before 2003.
  • There is no official figure, but it is estimated at around 350 million fans and players, estimated by the number of people watching the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (provided by WTT) [3]

Conclusion: there is 350 million table tennis players worldwide. (estimated during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games)

Footnotes – References

[1] Table tennis – Wikipedia

[2] Figures show more people are playing table tennis

[3] WTT Player Stats (Official Announcement)


Official statistics provided by WTT

Table tennis is the most-watched Olympic sport in China at Tokyo 2020. According to CSM Media Research, nearly 350 million unique viewers watched CCTV-5’s table tennis broadcast from Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Table tennis is a very important sport at the Tokyo Olympics
Table tennis is a very important sport at the Tokyo Olympics

Nearly 75 and 74 million Chinese people watched the women’s singles and men’s singles finals live, and CCTV-5 gave the table tennis 190 hours of airtime. They focus on Ma Long, Xu Xin, and Liu Shiwen.



Ma Long vs. Fan Zhendong who is better
Ma Long vs. Fan Zhendong who is better

Audience rating for the men’s team final at Tokyo 2020: 4.45%. 19 million hashtag plays, 47.57 million post impressions. The men’s and women’s team finals ranked among the top three sports in CCTV-5. The ratings for the men’s and women’s singles finals were 3.73% and 3.65%, respectively, making it CCTV’s top 10 sports broadcast programs.


The influence of the WTT

WTT is the official table tennis organization. His influence on the sport is enormous.

WTT’s Chinese social media attracted 270,000 followers. Weibo got 100 million impressions and 300,000 engagements, and Douyin got 200 million video views and 3 million engagements.

WTT logo
WTT logo

The most popular were the mixed doubles final and Ma Long, the most decorated table tennis Olympian with five gold medals. Sports ratings in Japan have surged, suggesting Japanese consumers’ growing interest in table tennis.


The most important game of the year

The most important, most followed and most commented match is the match between China and Japan (Mixed Double Gold medal).

Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen lost to Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito. I explained the game here.

Players will stay closer to the table
Players will stay closer to the table

According to a poll by Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, the most memorable Olympic event for the Japanese was the table tennis mixed doubles final.

Jun Mizutani and Ito beat China’s Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen to claim gold. The victory gave the host country its first gold medal in table tennis since the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Table tennis is popular with 17% of Japanese respondents. 16% chose judo, followed by baseball, softball and track and field. In the same study, 22% of women and 12% of men said table tennis was the most amazing event.


The best table tennis players

Based on winning percentage, Fan Zhendong is currently considered the best player right now, after 2022. Before 2022, Ma Long is the only male player to win the Double Grand Slam title. Ma Long is the best table tennis player of all time.

Will Fan Zhendong surpass Ma Long?
Will Fan Zhendong surpass Ma Long?


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