Ping pong, or table tennis, obtained its initial popularity in England during the late 1800s. Originally called gossima and whiff-whaff, the game was commonly played as an after-dinner diversion, particularly by upper-middle class Victorians. After falling out of favor, ping pong reemerged in the 1920s, and its first official championship was held in 1927. Around this time, ping pong was introduced to Asian countries. By the 1960s, Japanese and Chinese players became world leaders in the game.
One of the sport’s most important milestones occurred in 1971 when the United States table tennis team traveled to China to participate in a ping pong tournament. The event was especially notable as they were the first Americans to enter the country since 1949. Another significant moment in ping pong history occurred in 1988 when the Summer Olympic Games included the activity as an official event. Chinese players took the gold medal for Men’s Doubles and Women’s Singles while South Koreans won for Men’s Singles and Women’s Doubles.
About the Author:
For over two decades, Ashok Bagdy has earned recognition for his abilities at arranging outsourcing partnerships between firms in the United States and India. Having joined the Ping Pong Club while earning his Master of Science at Temple University, Ashok Bagdy still enjoys playing in his spare time.