Is Ping Pong Table Tennis? (History Of Table Tennis)

Yes, Table tennis, also called Ping-Pong, ball game similar in principle to lawn tennis and played on a flat table divided into two equal courts by a net fixed across its width at the middle. The object is to hit the ball so that it goes over the net and bounces on the opponent’s half of the table in such a way that the opponent cannot reach it or return it correctly.

The lightweight hollow ball is propelled back and forth across the net by small rackets (bats, or paddles) held by the players. The game is popular all over the world. In most countries, it is very highly organized as a competitive sport, especially in Europe and Asia, particularly in China and Japan.

Is Ping Pong Table Tennis


Invention Of Ping Pong/Table Tennis Game

  • History

The name table tennis was adopted in 1921–22 when the old Ping-Pong Association formed in 1902 was revived. The original association had broken up about 1905, though apparently the game continued to be played in parts of England outside London and by the 1920s was being played in many countries.

Which Country Table Tennis Founded?

Led by representatives of Germany, Hungary, and England, the Fédération Internationale de Tennis de Table (International Table Tennis Federation) was founded in 1926, the founding members being England, Sweden, Hungary, India, Denmark, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Wales. By the mid-1990s more than 165 national associations were members.

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When The International Olympic Committee Made it?

Table tennis received official international recognition in 1999 when the International Olympic Committee made it a medal sport for the Olympic Games following a demonstration by China at the Atlanta games in 1996.

  • Popular Countries

Table tennis is also played in Commonwealth countries, such as South Africa and India, and has been included on various occasions on the programs of world championships organized by the International Skating Union (figure skating) and Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (automobile racing).

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A new book on table tennis rules and strategies will be published this month by the Oxford University Press. The author is Yang Yang who holds a rank equivalent to major general in China’s army and is director-general of the Sports Department in Beijing. The Japanese edition has already appeared under the title ”The Chinese Way to Table Tennis”.

New York Times 1999 issue:

  • 1999 Issues

Table tennis, which is sometimes called ping-pong, is a game played by two or four people with small rackets and lightweight balls on a table divided by a net. Points are scored when players fail to return the ball within the rules or when an opponent’s shot hits the net and fails to bounce back onto the opponents’ side. A set consists of nine games, except for one-day tournaments, which consist of five sets.

“All my life I have been playing this sport just for fun (“play table tennis”), not because I want to become a professional (“play table tennis professionally”). I enjoy playing with my friends on the weekends. My friend and I don’t think of ping pong as a sport, but more of activity between us.”

“Table tennis is a sport that you do just for fun or exercise. You can get better at it by playing games or doing drills. In addition, you have to wear protective equipment when you play in case somebody hits the ball too hard.”

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