GG2023 Table Tennis champions to automatically qualify for Paris 2024

Virtus is delighted to announce that the top-placed male and female player (two slots total) at the 2023 Global Games II1 table tennis competition will automatically qualify directly for the upcoming Paralympic Games – Paris 2024 next year. The LOC of Paris 2024 has published the qualification regulations today where the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has confirmed the news.
The guide also confirms that there will be 4 medal events (for female and male) in athletics (400m, 1500m, Long Jump, Shot Put) and 6 swimming events (200m Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly, 200IM, 100m Backstroke, 4x100m Freestyle Relay).
This is fantastic news for Virtus, the Global Games and particularly for all table tennis players with an intellectual impairment and we would like to thank the ITTF for their recognition and endorsement of the Global Games programme.
“We are so pleased that ITTF is recognising the Global Games programme in this way and it gives yet more incentive for the players in Vichy, in what is an already competitive and fiercely fought championship. This will be a special moment for the players who step out into the final games and we are looking forward to a fantastic competition with the world’s best players with an intellectual impairment”, said Virtus President Marc Truffaut.
The 6th Global Games begin in Vichy-France on 4th June and will feature competition in 13 sports. Entries will close on 12th April and this edition is set to be the largest to date with more than 1000 athletes competing from over 40 nations. The Games feature competition in II1 (intellectual disability), II2 (intellectual disability & additional impairment) and II3 (autism) eligibility groups, with athletes in II1 having the possibility to progress to the Paralympic Games in a limited number of sports.