Table tennis

Table tennis

Table tennis is another popular game of present age. It is also called ping pong when played in informal and social way. The sport originated in Victorian England and makeshift versions of the game were developed by British military officers in India around the 1860s or 1870s. In 1921, the Table Tennis Association was founded, and later it was renamed as the English Table Tennis Association. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) followed in 1926. London hosted the first official World Championships in 1926. In 1933, the United States Table Tennis Association, now called USA Table Tennis, was formed. Table tennis became an Olympic sport in 1988, with singles and doubles competition for men and women.
This game is played with a small plastic ball over a hard table The international rules specify that the game is played with a ball having a mass of 2.7 grams (0.095 oz) and a diameter of 40 millimetres (1.57 in). Balls are now a days made of a polymer instead of celluloid as of 2015, coloured white or orange, with a matte finish. The choice of ball colour is made according to the table colour and its surroundings. For example, a white ball is easier to see on a green or blue table than it is on a grey table.




Bats or racquets are made of wood covered with rubber on one or two sides depending on the grip of the player. The ITTF uses the term "racket". The wooden portion of the racket, often referred to as the "blade", commonly features anywhere between one and seven plies of wood.
Table tennis is a rally game. It is somewhat similar to lawn tennis but less complicated in terms of rules. Like tennis and badminton it is played with a single or two players at a time.
Set up :




Rules :
Players need to allow a ball played toward them to bounce one time on their side of the table, and return it so that it bounces on the opposite side at least once. A point is scored when the opponent fails to return the ball within the rules. A match consists of the best of any odd numbers of games, each game being won by the player who first reaches 11 points or who, after 10 points each, wins two clear points ahead.
After the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, the ITTF instituted several rule changes that were aimed at making table tennis more viable as a televised spectator sport.

Ace Players
In 1980 the first World Cup was held, and Guo Yuehua of China won the $12,500 first prize. 
Jean-Philippe Gatien from France and Wang Hao from China. J├Ârgen Persson from Sweden. Ma Lin from China are renowned table tennis players at international level in both world cups and Olympics.


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