Born in the 1870s in England, it was derived from tennis.
Matches can be played as singles or as doubles. In either case, the goal is to ensure that the opponent fails to return the ball to the opposite side after no more than a single bounce on his/her side of the table.
It has been an Olympic sport since the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and is the sport with the highest number of practitioners, with 40 million players competing worldwide
Whether playing doubles or singles, table tennis or ping pong can be a fast paced competitive sport. In fact, when played at an intense pace, it is highly recommended as a sport for building fitness.
What is more, practising this sport can bring great results for your health. Playing:
- Improves hand-eye coordination
- Develops mental acuity
- Improves reflexes
- Improves joint mobility
- Burns calories
- Is social
- Keeps your brain active
- Improves coordination
- Improves balance
- Stimulates several different parts of the brain