My son is going to learn playing table tennis next week. I spend whole day time to research about the history of ping pong game to talk with him as well as share with everybody.
Table tennis also known as ping pong is a famous sport where two to four players hit light balls (so-called ping pong balls) with small paddles on a flat table split into two equal courts with the net in the middle of its width. Players try to get more scores and defeat the opposite. Table tennis is played in all kinds of sports clubs, social clubs, relaxing room, garden etc.
According to statistics from the International Table Tennis Foundation, the first of a few different inventors to try to patent the game of table tennis or table tennis was a man named James Devonshire in England, who in 1885 tried to patent the game he called “table tennis.”. The first use of the name “Table Tennis” was as a board and dice game in Jhsinger, New York in 1884, but it is known that the game was first offered in a game catalog by George S. Parker, founder of the famous Parker Brothers in the United States in 1887.
James Gibb, an English table tennis enthusiast, discovered celluloid balls in 1901 on a trip to the United States and realized that they would be an ideal complement to the game. He found it ideal for the game and brought it back to the UK.
The British salesman Edward Shires introduced the game to the people of Vienna and Budapest and seeds were sown when the sport became very popular worldwide. In 1902, a Japanese university professor brought the game back to Japan, where he introduced it to students at university.
After the success of the first public tournament in Queens Hall in London, the first official World Championship took place in 1902. No longer a game for the elite, tournaments became a regular event that attracted up to 300 participants. In 1922, the game was played in England and the first official club was set up under the name of the All England Club, like table tennis.
Table tennis has been around for over 140 years, and much has changed in that time, from the humble beginnings played in the upper-class homes to the games played by millions of players in hundreds of countries around the world. The Federation Internationale de Tennis de Table (Federation Internationale de Tennis de Table) was founded in 1926 with leading representatives from Germany, Hungary and England, founder members were England, Sweden, Hungary, India, Denmark, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Wales. Throughout the 20th century, the game grew in popularity and became an Olympic sport when it was introduced at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Over the past century there have been other major changes in players and ITTF that have influenced the game and made tennis history. These include increasing the ball diameter to 40mm in 2000, changing the scoring system from an 11-point game to a best-of-5 and then a best-of-7 game in 2002, and table tennis, which became a widespread and prosperous game in England.
Other versions of the game were invented and manufactured with equipment from different manufacturers. In the 2000s, smooth long pimples became popular with many gamers as they tried to negate the torque produced by the modern speed glue technology in circulation at the time, although it was later banned.
The game bore many different names, depending on which company sold the devices. In the Atlantic, the legendary American game makers Parker Brothers purchased the rights to use the name “Ping Pong” in their home country and popularized the name. The game was owned by an English game dealer called Hamley Brothers, an American board game company, and Parker Brothers, and others.
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