The process of selecting the wild cards and team target players for Sydney has been a long and difficult process. Below, we have listed the principles and rules that have guided our choices.

Number of slots in team events

After having classified all requests for wild cards and team target players (TTP) sent by NPC's, we have been facing a big problem regarding the teams slots.

In fact, to fulfill the teams slots in some classes, we were forced to use all the available slots as TTP and there were no remaining slots for wild cards.

More over, even by using all available slots for team target players, it was not possible to fulfill all the teams slots in some classes because there were not enough request for TTP, while in other classes we had more teams than available slots.

This lead us to the conclusion that we had to change the number of team slots, reducing them in some classes, increasing them in some others.

This was a difficult decision to take because we were conscious that it put a lot of pressure on organizers that had to change their schedule for team events. But we feel we have explored all other alternatives and we have chosen the only one that is the most fair to players and the most flexible.
The organizers proved to be flexible and they agreed on the new numbers we have proposed (see below).

Class Women Men
1-3 4-5 6-10 1-2 3 4 5 6-7 8 9 10
Slots 4 11 5 9 10 8 12 6 9 8 8

Principles and rules

Rules were mandatory, principles could be conflicting in some cases. All sensitive situations have been voted to avoid any unfair decision to be taken.
  • IPC rules from the IPC Handbook in "Rules for the Paralympic Games Technical Arrangements Chapter 4", indicate the minimal numbers of participants in singles and team events:
    • Individual events must have a minimum of six entries and a minimum of four countries represented. Prior to deletion of an event the IPC Sports Council Executive Committee is required to consider other options.
    • Team events must have a minimum of six countries represented for men and four countries for women represented.
  • only players present on ranking list and having an international classification card could be selected.
  • wild cards were given to Regional Champions that were not part of the regional slots list. This is a rule that is written in the ITTC Rules and Regulation handbook in the section 6: "as a minimum the regional champion of an individual class event is guaranteed selection for the Paralympics / World Championships."
  • Australia, as organizing country, got 2 wild cards where they wanted them in priority: M1 and M5 as specified in our rules.
  • we gave preference to the teams of players belonging to same class as the team event over teams with players from lower classes. For instance, in men's team class 5, highest priority is given to 2 class 5 players, then comes teams with one class 4 player and one class 5 player, and finally teams with one class 3 player and one class 5 player.
  • we gave wild cards to players from countries that had none or very few players selected in order to promote our sport in such countries. Among such countries, we gave the preference to those that are trying actively to develop table tennis.
  • Reasons why a good player could not qualify were closely examined based on the explainations found in application forms
  • a team composed of 2 selected players that requested a TTP as third player had lower priority than a team of 2 players including a TTP.
  • among 2 TTP requests, we gave preference to the best ranked team.
  • Some countries indicated their preference for team composition among several alternatives, we tried to follow those wishes each time it was possible.