History of Table Tennis:
- Table tennis developed in the late 19th century as an indoor form of tennis.
- The rules of the game were defined by Ivor Montagu in 1922.
- The World Championships for Table Tennis began in 1926.
- Table tennis was introduced to the Olympics as a full medal sport during the Olympic Games in Seoul. I
- The Chinese have been by far the dominant country in table tennis.
- Both men and women players contest in singles and doubles events.
Venue for Table Tennis:
- Table Tennis competitions for the Beijing Olympics will be held at Peking University Gymnasium.
Rules for Table Tennis:
- The game shall be played for a score of 11 points.
- If both players score 10 points, the player gaining a lead of 2 points first will win.
- Players are allowed to receive advice only through authorized sources.
- Advice may be given only during intervals.
- In case of misbehavior, the referee may hold up a card or suspend a game.
Playing Conditions for Table Tennis:
- The playing space shall be rectangular
- Length: 14m
- Width: 7m
- Height: 5 m
- Length of surrounds: 1.5 m (maximum)
- Lighting should be standardized at minimum 1000 lux uniformly over the whole of the playing surface.
- The light source shall not be less than 5m above the floor.
- The background shall be generally dark and shall not contain bright light sources.
- The floor should not reflect light or be slippery.
- The floor should be made of wood or an approved material.
Equipments for Table Tennis:
- Pimpled Rubber
- Pips In
- Pips Out
- Sandwich Rubber
Table Tennis Events:
The following events are included in the program for Beijing Olympics 2008:
- Singles Men
- Team Men
- Singles Women
- Team Women
- The target for table tennis is 172 athletes