Discover more about this fantastic Olympic sport
Ask a random selection of people if they've ever played table tennis at least once in their life and you'll get a "yes" more often than a "no".
That's because table tennis is a sport that everyone can play, whatever their age or physical attributes.
It's the most popular indoor sport in the world.
But is table tennis the same as ping pong or is there a difference?
At a basic, beginners level, it's one of the easiest sports to play, yet at the highest level it's one of the hardest and most demanding.
It was more than 40 years ago that I first discovered this fantastic sport of table tennis ... and I've been playing and writing about it ever since.
I think it's the best sport in the world.
Table tennis is a sport you can play your entire life, so whatever your age and whatever level you play at, or would like to play at, let's take a closer look at this fabulous Olympic sport and discover...
and much, much more.
With hundreds of pages of information, I've arranged my web site into sections so that you can go straight to the information you need...
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When the game was invented (around 1890) manufacturers used an assortment of patented and trademarked names for their own version of this new indoor game which was based on Lawn Tennis.
These included Indoor Tennis, Gossima, Whiff-Waff and Ping Pong.
When Ping Pong became the most popular version of the game in the 1920s, the manufacturer who owned the trademark would only allow the name Ping Pong to be used if their brand of equipment was specified exclusively.
An alternative name was therefore required for this burgeoning international sport, so the name Table Tennis was chosen.
So although many people use the names ping pong and table tennis interchangeably, Ping Pong remains a registered trademark and brand of equipment, whilst the official name for the sport since 1926 is table tennis.
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