Table tennis is a game that is quite similar to lawn tennis. It is played by two or four players. The equipment required for playing table tennis include a table, wooden paddles and a small hollow plastic ball. Like in lawn, the table has a net, which divides the playing area into two portions. During the service, the ball must bounce once before clearing the net and should again bounce before being struck by the player at the other end. However, the player who return the ball back should not let it bounce again on his side once striking the ball!
In a table tennis game, a player scores a point when his opponent's service does not land properly or when his opponent's ball is not returned properly. Players require to serve five times in a row. The player who first earns 21 points wins the game.
In table tennis, the service is done with the ball resting freely on the open palm of the server's stationary free hand. Then the server tosses the ball upwards and strikes it as it begins to fall, bouncing it once on his side before it passes over the net and bounces on the opponent's side.
Table tennis is also known as ping pong in many countries. The game was introduced in England in sometime towards the end of the 1800s. In the early days, for playing the game, dining room tables and balls of cork were used. But, over the decades, the game received a few changes in England. In the year 1926, the International Table Tennis Association (ITTA) was formed. Slowly the table tennis got to spread in Japan and various other Asian nations. Then, Japanese dominated the sport for much of the 50s and 60s, however, later it faced stiff competition from the Chinese. Table tennis was included in the Olympic event in the 1980s.