Almost everyone has, at least once in their lifetime, batted a few table tennis balls across a net - whether it be competitively or out of sheer boredom over the summer holidays. Although table tennis is a fairly young sport, it has seen its fair share of modifications, evolutions and even controversy during its short, but fascinating history.
The first records of the game hark back to the late nineteenth century, when it was described as a post-dinner parlor game enjoyed by the British aristocracy. They would convert their dinner tables into mini ‘courts’ by adding a net and use anything at hand as a ball and bat. The game was originally called ping pong, but was renamed when commercial manufacturers began distributing equipment.
Today, table tennis is an official Olympic sport that enjoys worldwide acclaim and an extensive fan base as spectator sport. Here are some interesting facts about the game:
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