OVER 20% of the world’s population play table tennis, making it one of the world’s most played sports.
The game was initially played in Britain in the early 1900s, but it is now China who are really masters of the game.
- Table Tennis in London
172 players will be competing in four events, with the Chinese odds-on favourite to be among the medals.
The have won an incredible 20 gold medals, with the nearest challengers South Korea who only have three.
- It’s quick
Table Tennis is played at a lightning pace, and you really have to see up close to see the different techniques used by players to get the better of their opponents.
Look out for: long rallies. They are actually quite rare but when they do occur, they are certainly to be admired.
Not to be confused with: Tennis.
Useless but informative fact: In exchanges, the ball can travel at 100mph.
Table Tennis in two words: Ping Pong.
Table Tennis takes place at the ExCeL between Saturday 28th July and Wednesday 8th August.