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  • Table Tennis was introduced as an Olympic Sport at The Games of the XXIV Olympiad, held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. China, long acclaimed the "kingdom of table tennis" where the sport is hailed as national game, bagged all of the four gold medals of table tennis in Barcelona in 1996, repeated the sweep in the Sydney Olympics four years ago and let slip only three golds in the only two former Games since the sport was introduced to Olympics in 1988. Table tennis has its origins as an after dinner amusement for upper class Victorians in the 1880s. Mimicking the game of tennis in an indoor environment, everyday objects were originally enlisted to act as the equipment. A line of books would be the net, the top of a Champagne cork or knot of string the ball, and cigar box lids the bats. The popularity of this pastime led games manufacturers to sell the equipment commercially. Early bats were often parchment stretched on a frame and the sound generated in play gave the game its first nick names of “Whiff-Whaff” and “Ping Pong.” The name Ping Pong was in wide use before English manufacturer J. Jaques & Son Ltd registered it as copyright in 1901. The name ping pong then came to be used for the game played by the rather expensive Jaques equipment with other manufacturers calling theirs table tennis. A similar situation came to exist in the United States where Jaques sold the rights to the Ping Pong name to Parker Bros. The next major innovation was that by James Gibb, an English enthusiast, who discovered novelty celluloid balls on a trip to the US in 1901 and found them ideal for the game. This was followed by E.C. Goode who, in 1903, invented the modern version of the racket by fixing a sheet of pimpled, or stippled, rubber to the wooden blade. Around 1901 table tennis tournaments were being organised, books written and an unofficial world championship was held in 1902. It was not until 1921 that a Table Tennis Association was founded in England, and the International Table Tennis Federation followed in 1926. London hosted the first official world championship in 1927.
  • It was not until 1921 that a Table Tennis Association was founded in England, and the International Table Tennis Federation followed in 1926. London hosted the first official world championship in 1927.
  • "Since 1988, table tennis has been an Olympic sport which includes four events. From 1988 until 2004, the events were men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles and women's doubles. Since 2008 the doubles have been replaced by the team events (Beijing was the first time where table tennis had an Olympic team event)." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_tennis

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