Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Olympic Table Tennis

Table tennis, which also known as Ping-Pong is the second most played sport in the world, beat only by soccer. Table tennis is a form of tennis played on a special table rather than on a tennis court. Table tennis rackets looks like paddles, and the table tennis ball which is about the size of a golf ball, is smooth, hollow, very light, and bounces easily on the hard table top.
The table upon which table tennis is played is rectangular and of a dark color, usually green, with a white sideline along each side and edge. The playing surface is divided into 2 equal courts by a low, vertical net running parallel to the edges, suspended by clamped posts located midway on each side. The net is about 6 inches (15.25cm) high.
Each of the two courts is divided yet again by a white center line running perpendicular to the net, or parallel with the sides. This creates 2 half-courts on each side, used when playing doubles, or 2 to a team.
Rackets are circular in shape with a short handle, made mostly of wood, and are flat. The prominent surface is covered with evenly-pimpled rubber, but the blade of the racket is left exposed, as is the handle. In table tennis if a player opts to switch to a new racket in a game, the player must offer the new racket to his or her opponent for examination before resuming the game.

To begin a game the server drops the ball to the table allowing it to bounce, then strikes the ball so that it first hits in his court before passing over the net to strike the opponent's court. The ball must not take any part of the net on a serve or the serve is invalid.
To return the serve, the receiver strikes the ball so that it passes over or around the net to land on the opposite side of the table. It may swipe the net as long as it passes over.
When the ball is in play it is referred to as a rally. Points are scored when the server fails to make good on a serve, or when the receiver misses a good serve or is unable to return it successfully. Likewise, once the serve and return are successful, whoever breaks the rally by missing the ball, hitting it into the net, or failing to strike the opponent's court on the return, is penalized by donation the opponent 1 point.
The first person or team to rack up 11 points wins, unless the score becomes tied at 10 points each. In this case the first to reach a 2-point lead wins. A match consists of winning the best of any odd number of games.

The game originated as a sport in Britain during the 1880s, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlour game. In 1921, the Table Tennis Association was founded in Britain, and the International Table Tennis Federation 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 was introduced as an Olympic sport at the Olympics in 1988.
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