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Olympic Equipment for Paris 2024

The Official Table Tennis Equipment Being Used At The Paris 2024 Olympics

The Olympics are by far the most important competition in world table tennis. When assessing a player’s legacy, they are the first thing to look at that separates good players from legends.

Because of the importance of this event, the ‘International Table Tennis Federation’ has a responsibility to choose the best equipment. Every single piece of equipment must be perfect.

In this article, we’ll go over the equipment choices for the upcoming Paris Olympics. We’ll talk about the equipment the organization provides (balls, tables, etc.), and the player’s equipment (what rackets they’ll be using).

We’ll also go over why each piece of equipment was chosen and whether it makes sense for hobbyists to purchase them. Let’s begin! 

Event Equipment

Four pieces of equipment have been confirmed for the Paris 2024 Olympics: The official ball, the tournament table, the practice table, and the flooring.

Balls

The official ball for these Paris Olympics will be the Double Fish PAR40+ 3 star.

Double Fish PAR40+ 3 star
Source: tabletennis11

In the past Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the official ball was the DHS DJ40+ Tokyo, so the supplier has changed this time.

Double Fish is a Chinese-based brand aimed at players who want high-quality equipment without breaking the bank.

They specialize mostly in balls and tables, something quite uncommon for a table tennis brand.

Even though they are a very reputable brand in China, their products are quite uncommon outside of Asia. As for myself based in Argentina, I haven’t seen a Double Fish ball or table in 9 years of playing.

We haven’t been able to test them yet, but many players from all around the world have. Most agree that these balls are well-built, round, solid, and durable.

Double Fish has also been the ball provider for recent ‘World Table Tennis’ events. Those balls are called Double Fish V40+ 3*** WTT (Available on Amazon) and they have also received mostly favorable reviews. 

If the Paris balls prove to be an improvement over the already great WTT balls, they could challenge the top brands such as Nittaku and DHS for the top spot on our best table tennis balls ranking.

Tournament Table

The official Paris 2024 table will be the DHS Rainbow 2:

DHS Rainbow 2

The DHS Rainbow 2 is probably the best table tennis table you can buy. The only other table that can compete with the DHS Rainbow 2 in terms of quality is the Butterfly Centrefold 25.

The Rainbow 2, like the Butterfly Centrefold, features a high-quality 25mm playing surface. You can expect even bounces from this table and optimal spin preservation every single time. 

I have tried the original DHS Rainbow previously and it was an absolute joy to play with. It was a pretty fast table and it preserved spin very well. 

According to DHS, this new Rainbow 2 was crafted with a lightweight but high-strength underframe, offering greater support to the playing surface. The alleged result is an even better, more stable bounce.

DHS also states that the production process of the Rainbow 2 is more environmentally friendly. 

The only con about this table is its price: It costs upwards of $2500. 

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Practice Table

The practice tables at the Paris Olympics will be the DHS T1818. 

DHS T1818

The DHS T1818 also features a 25mm playing surface. I believe that the playing surface is probably the same one as the Rainbow 2’s given that the players will practice on this table to compete with the Rainbow 2.

The main difference between the T1818 and the Rainbow 2 is the underframe. Whether it makes a difference in play, it’s hard to say. 

We couldn’t find the T1818 for sale, but, if it becomes available and the price is lower than the Rainbow’s, this will probably be the most logical purchase out of the two. 

Its playing surface is good enough for Olympians to practice with, and it’s most likely the same one featured in the Rainbow 2.

If the Centrefold 25 is the perfect alternative to the Rainbow 2, I’d say that the alternative to the T1818 is the Joola Tour 2500, a more affordable alternative from a very reputable brand also with a 25mm playing surface.

Flooring

The official flooring for the Paris 2024 Olympics will be the Enlio Super Weaving Surface. 

Choosing the proper flooring is very important so that the athletes have optimal grip – not too little but also not too much. 

The flooring should be soft yet stable, grippy enough so that the players can display their great footwork, but not too much that they can’t slide a little bit when they want to.

The Enlio Super Weaving Surface has already been used in the World Championships, the World Cup, and the China Open. It is a tried and true, top-of-the-line playing surface.

Ma Long and Mattias Falck playing in the final of the 2019 World Championships

Pictured above are Ma Long and Mattias Falck playing in the final of the 2019 World Championships on Enlio flooring.

Players’ Equipment

After talking about the equipment selected for use at the Paris 2024 Olympics, let’s cover the individual equipment that the different players will be using.

Each racket needs to comply with international competition rules, with the most important rules being:

  • The rubbers must be approved by the International Table Tennis Federation.
  • The racket can be of any size or shape.
  • At least 85% of the blade by thickness has to be of natural wood. It can be complemented by a non-wooden material such as carbon or arylate, but it shall not be thicker than 7.5% of the total thickness or 0.35mm, whichever is smaller.
  • The rubber shall be used without any physical, chemical, or other treatment.
  • Slight deviations from continuity of surface or uniformity of color may be allowed provided that they do not significantly change the characteristics of the surface.

We’d struggle to cover the rackets being used by all 140+ players to qualify for the Olympics, so instead we’re going to cover just the top 5 players on the Men’s and Women’s side.

Where possible, we’ve provided direct links to retailers selling the same equipment.

It’s also important to recognise that professional players can change their equipment at any point before a tournament without officially announcing the change. Some may even use a different racket depending on the opponent they’re playing.

Adding more complexity, some players announce that they are using their sponsors’ equipment but then proceed to use a different setup during tournaments. We can only present the information that’s confirmed and/or presumed.

Wang Chuqin

Wang Chuqin

Blade: DHS Q968 (presumed, unconfirmed)

Forehand Rubber: DHS Hurricane 3 National

Backhand Rubber: DHS Hurricane 3 National

Sun Yingsha

Sun Yingsha

Blade: DHS S968 (presumed)

Forehand Rubber: DHS Hurricane 3 National

Backhand Rubber: DHS Hurricane 8 (presumed)

Fan Zhendong

Fan Zhendong

Blade: Butterfly Fan Zhendong ALC

Forehand Rubber: DHS Hurricane 3 National

Backhand Rubber: Butterfly Dignics 09c 

Wang Manyu 

Wang Manyu

Blade: Stiga Inspira Plus

Forehand Rubber: DHS Hurricane 3 National

Backhand Rubber: Butterfly Dignics 05 (presumed)

Tomokazu Harimoto

Tomokazu Harimoto

Blade: Butterfly Harimoto Tomokazu Innerforce ALC

Forehand Rubber: Butterfly Dignics 05

Backhand Rubber: Butterfly Dignics 05

Hina Hayata

Hina Hayata

Blade: Nittaku Hina Hayata H2

Forehand Rubber: DHS Hurricane 3 National

Backhand Rubber: Butterfly Dignics 05 (presumed)

Lin Yun-Ju 

Lin Yun-Ju

Blade: Butterfly Lin Yun-Ju Super ZLC 

Forehand Rubber: Butterfly Tenergy 05 hard

Backhand Rubber: Butterfly Dignics 05

Shin Yubin

Shin Yubin

Blade: DHS W968

Forehand Rubber: DHS Hurricane 3 National

Backhand Rubber: Butterfly Dignics 09c (presumed)

Felix Lebrun

Felix Lebrun

Blade: Tibhar Felix Lebrun Hyper Carbon

Forehand Rubber: Tibhar Hybrid K3

Backhand Rubber: Tibhar Hybrid K3

Bernadette Szocs 

Bernadette Szocs 

Blade: Tibhar Szöcs Signature 1

Forehand Rubber: Tibhar Hybrid K3

Backhand Rubber: Tibhar Quantum X Pro Pink

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Alvaro Munno - Table Tennis Player & Author

Alvaro’s been playing Table Tennis since he was 15 and is now ranked within the top 100 in his native Argentina. He loves to compete in provincial tournaments and is always looking for ways to improve. Alvaro made his favourite memories with a racket in hand, and he joined the RacketInsight team to share his passion with other players!

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