For many years, the sport of table tennis has been encouraging lot of fresh blood in the field, creating Olympic champions, as well as inspiring eager spectators of the game. However, not many people are aware of the history of the how the sport originated, developed, and became where it stands today. Here is a brief history behind the famous sport of table Tennis. Table tennis was originally known as ping-pong game and was originated in England during the late 18th century. The game was earlier started as a fun after-dinner diversion. Few rumors suggests that the game was earlier played on the dinner tables, while there are others who believe that it began as a lawn and garden game, closely resembling game like badminton. During this time, they didn't have ping pong paddles, and so the players used vellum bats to play the game. In the year 1890, the famous Parker Brothers developed an indoor version of the popular lawn tennis. The game consisted of net, paddles, and ball.
In the very beginnings, the game was one of the most popular games to be played especially in England. Even though, it was still looked at as solely casual, certainly not as a sport. It was during the period of 1905-1910, when table tennis/ping pong game spread to other countries like Japan, China, and Korea. Finally, with the purpose of recognizing the pastime as a sport, England created the first official Table Tennis Association. What made this game highly competitive and popular was that most countries adopted table tennis as their pastime hobbies.
Today, the sport is considered by millions of people as a highly competitive sport to be respected and perfected. It wasn’t until 1920 that table tennis sport was standardized, i.e. rules, organizations, and competitions were started. Since then, table tennis has become one of the most popular sports being played worldwide. During this time, that table tennis game underwent lot of changes and modifications.
The International table tennis Federation was established in the year 1926. Over the next few years, The American Ping Pong Association, The Amateur Table Tennis Association, and the National Table Tennis Association: the three major table organization came together and formed the U.S. Table Tennis Association. By the year 1957, organizing annual Table tennis championships became an important event worldwide. Finally, in the year 1988, table tennis was added as an Olympic sport.
The rules of the game is more or less the same even the sport hasn't much modified with the introduction of new technology. Today, the sport of table tennis is considered to be one of the most competitive games present.