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Table tennis

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"Ping-pong" redirects here. For other uses, see Ping-pong (disambiguation).
Table tennis

Table tennis at the highest level

governing body
1880s Victorian
First played
Contact No
Team members Single or doubles
Type Racquet sport, indoor
Poly, 40 mm (1.57 in),
2.7 g (0.095 oz)
Olympic since 1988
since inaugural 1960
Summer Paralympics

Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight
ball back and forth across a table using a small bat. The game takes place on a hard table divided
by a net. Except for the initial serve, the rules are generally as follows: players must allow a ball
played toward them to bounce one time on their side of the table, and must return it so that it
bounces on the opposite side at least once. A point is scored when a player fails to return the ball
within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. Spinning the ball alters its trajectory
and limits an opponent's options, giving the hitter a great advantage.
Table tennis is governed by the worldwide organization International Table Tennis Federation
(ITTF), founded in 1926. ITTF currently includes 226 member associations.[3] The table tennis
official rules are specified in the ITTF handbook.[4] Table tennis has been an Olympic sport since
1988,[5] with several event categories. From 1988 until 2004, these were men's singles, women's
singles, men's doubles and women's doubles. Since 2008, a team event has been played instead
of the doubles.