Table tennis has been around for at least a couple of hundred years. The game was first played in England as a simply parlor gam in the late 1800s. Rumor has it that the game was actually invented by British officers stationed in India and was initially played using books as both racquets and nets. A golf ball was used for play.
What was once considered a parlor game is now a serious competitive sport requiring strategy and lightning-fast reflexes. The game can be played by two or four players who take turns volleying the ball back and forth. The ball can only bounce once on a player’s side before being returned. Professional and serious players are experts at putting “spin” on the ball so that it will be more difficult to predict where the ball will land.
Table tennis rules and regulations are governed by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), which has existed since the early 1900s and now has more than 200 member associations. Table tennis has been an Olympic sport since the 1980s, with men’s, women’s and team events. China has dominated Olympic table tennis competition since its inclusion, with the exception of an Olympic gold-medal win by Sweden’s Jan-Ove Waldner in 1992 and a silver-medal win in 2000.
Playing table tennis is a fun way to get active, whether or not you’re trying to make the Olympic team. The next summer Olympics, in 2016, will be held in Rio, so it might be worth brushing up on your skills. JOOLA is the official table sponsor of the ITTF, and we have a competition grade JOOLA Duomat table in stock and ready for you to polish your spin.