Why was ping pong banned?

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Ping Pong Diplomacy

Back in 1971, China surprised the world by inviting countries like England, USA, Canada, and Colombia to play friendly matches. This event, known as Ping Pong Diplomacy, marked China’s reconnection with the rest of the world after a six-year hiatus.

Banned in the Soviet Union

Table Tennis faced a ban in the Soviet Union from 1930 to 1950. The Soviet Union claimed that the sport was harmful to the eyes and aimed to promote military and team sports.

Chinese Domination

Table Tennis is considered the National Sport of China, with Chinese players consistently dominating the World rankings and winning numerous titles.

Most Popular Racket Sport

Table Tennis is the most popular racket sport globally, with 226 associations from different countries and territories affiliated with the International Table Tennis Federation. It is the second most participated sport with around 10 million players competing in sanctioned tournaments every year.

More than 1,600 varieties of Table Tennis Rubbers

Players in Table Tennis tournaments are only allowed to use authorized racket coverings, known as rubbers. Surprisingly, there are over 1,600 varieties of Table Tennis rubbers on the authorized list.

Origins and Olympics

Table Tennis originated in England as an after-dinner parlor game among the upper class. It was introduced to the Olympics in 1988 and has been a part of the games ever since.

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