Published on Feb 14, 2017

Table Tennis Ball, Ping-Pong White Background Images

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Table tennis evolved first in China, and eventually moved to Europe, and then in the United States. Some say “Ping-Pang” was the first name of the game, because it sounds like the words of the Chinese language in the 7th century, which later evolved into the “Ping Pong”. From the eighth century, the game began to spread in India, Persia, and eventually to the West. These early games played by hitting a Chinese fruit called lychee.

As the popularity of table tennis has grown, changes were made to tournament rules to make a quick game of ping-pong is more accessible to the public. This back and forth is a sport ball that travels up to 100 miles per hour. In 2000, the International Table Tennis Federation changed the official size of ping pong balls from 38 mm to 40 mm in order to slow down the action and the games were reduced from 21 points to 11 points, to make them more exciting. Players do not have allowed to hide the ball in their hands during the service.

Table tennis play an important role in the development of arcade games and PC. From the Atari Pong, ping-pong released in 1972, it was the first video game to achieve significant commercial success. Home and arcade version of Pong helped make electronic ping-pong game phenomenon in 1970, which was a good decade for ping-pong. In April 1971, nine American table tennis players spent a week in China, playing exhibition matches against the best players Ping Pong Chinese.


Ping Pong has since become the largest participation sport in the world, according to the International Olympic Committee, which makes Ping Pong official Olympic Games in 1988 in Seoul. To date, more than 40 million people play ping pong competitively worldwide.

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