The very first Malmö Open was launched in 1977 with table tennis as the only represented sport. That year the tournament consisted of 25 participants. Kurt Linde, Robert Johansson, Sven Hansson and Göran Wilson were initiators of the first Malmö Open events and had at that time no idea which influence this event would become for the parasport in Sweden, Europe and big parts of the world.
The participants were few up to 1979. After this the chairman for the events at this time, Kurt Linde, expanded the number of sport events which markedly enlarged the interest. Soon there were more than 1000 participants and the number is constantly increasing.
1986 it was 1235 competitors in 7 different sport events.
1995 it was 1518 competitors in 10 different sport events.
2002 it was 1730 competitors in 13 different sport events.
2004 it was 1840 competitors in 13 different sport events.
2007 it was 2140 competitors in 14 different sport events.
2008 it was 2560 competitors in 15 different sport events.
2009 it was 2340 competitors in 12 different sport events.
2010 it was 2224 competitors in 12 different sport events.
2015 it was 2445 competitors in 18 different sport events.
2016 it was 2518 competitors in 18 different sport events.
Aim of Malmö Open
Malmö Open aims to be the perfect debut tournament for rookies and youths as well as meeting the requirements as a nice challenging event for experienced athletes. Most sports offers a selection of events for both non-licensed participation and classes restricted only for classified and licensed players. Therefore Malmö Open has become important for young athletes. The ambition for Malmö Open is to be a recruitment event welcoming clubs from all over the world to register participants.