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Table Tennis

Table Tennis

Table tennis

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  • Table tennis is a sport in which two (singles) or four (doubles) players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, players must allow a ball only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side, and a point is lost upon failure. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. A skilled player can impart several varieties of spin to the ball, altering its trajectory and limiting an opponent’s options to great advantage.

    Total days of play :8days


Singles : Men, Women

Doubles : Men, Women, Mixed

Team : Men, Women


Players hit a ball back and forth across the net using a racket.


The player who takes x number of games out of total odd number of games wins (i.e. 4 out of 7, 3 out of 5). The player who scores 11 points first wins the game. If the points for both players are 10 to 10, the player who scores two more points against the opponent wins. (Rule applied since September 1, 2001)


Expedite system : If a game is unfinished after 10 minutes of play, the expedite system is initiated. Under this system, the server must win the point before the opponent makes 13 consecutive returns or the point goes to the opponent.


Table tennis originated from a game called “La Paum,” which was played by French aristocrats in 15th and 16th century. Celluloid balls came into use in 1898 and the name “ping-pong” was coined after the sound made when balls are hit with cowhide rackets. The sport became an international event with the establishment of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) in 1926 with the active support of Dr. Georg Lehmann of Germany and other representatives from Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Since then, it earned the official name “table tennis.” There are no clear records of when and how table tennis was introduced in Korea. The ITTF writes that table tennis was introduced in Japan by the English in 1899 and spread to Korea, China and Hong Kong in 1900s. According to the Korea Table Tennis Association, the Ping Pong Tournament held in January of 1924 by Seoul Daily Newspaper was the first in Korea. Since then, the sport has emerged as a popular sport for all people.