Ping Pong Facts
Ping Pong is most commonly known as Table Tennis. It was invented in England in the late 1880s. It has been an Olympic sport since 1988 with several event categories. International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is the governing body of the game. It was formed in January 1926. It is the international sport of China and Chinese players completely dominate the world in this particular game. Table Tennis is the most popular indoor sport in the world as it can be played by anyone, whatever their age or physical attributes are. It is also considered the no. 1 brain sport in the world.
Quick Facts: –
- Ping Pong was once supposedly banned in the Soviet Union from 1930 to 1950.
- Beginners can expect to burn between 200 to 350 calories if they play this game for an hour and advance players can burn up to 500 calories in the same time.
- It also develops mental acuity and improves reflexes.
- After soccer and cricket, it is the third largest participation sport in the world.
- The ITTF has 220 members association tied with volleyball for the highest number among all other federation under the International Olympic Committee.
- There are more than 140 countries affiliated with the ITTF.
- The name ‘ping pong’ was originally patented by the Parker Brothers and now the patent is owned by Escalade Sports.
- A table tennis table is 9’ long 5’ wide and 2’6” high.
- This game has been used to thaw relations between China and the United States in the early 1970s.
- The game has French origins as its roots came from an ancient game jeu de paume.
- Japan introduced foam rubber rackets in 1952 for the very first time.