Is Table Tennis A Sport?
The answer to this question can be varied according to the aspect of this question.
If you think it’s just a simple game and you can play this game just for the sake of a workout, you should know that it’s a very complicated sport.
The fact that you’re a little hack in the basement or garage may make you think there’s nothing to it.
There are currently 217 members of the ITTF.
There are about 800 million fans of the game in African, American, Asian, and European countries.
Is Table Tennis A Sport Or A Game?
It’s a sport under ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation).
If you don’t know, every game with its own rules and regulations is called a sport.
Additionally, the fundamental techniques and methods of creating power are similar to those used in boxing.
Some of the techniques are similar to those found in combat sports without body contact.
Several principles of playing are similar to those of fighting, such as predicting incoming attacks, feigning attacks, and counterattacks.
How Popular Is Table Tennis?
In the world, table tennis has the second largest number of participants.
But table tennis is not the most viewed sport in the world.
More than 300 Million People all around the globe play Table Tennis.
The venues are not very large and accommodate very few spectators. Table tennis has struggled to overcome this challenge.
People who attend the tournament Table Tennis immediately become fans, but smaller venues limit that number.
The video capture of table tennis can also be difficult due to its high conversion speed.
This is because the entire field can be seen from afar at one time. As a result, they often show close-ups, but this prevents the viewer from seeing the big picture.
You can see cement table tennis tables in China and Southeast Asia.
Having a ball and a bat on the cement may seem odd to us, but the kids come to it whenever they need a ball and a hit.
The game doesn’t cost much money, so people with fewer resources can play every day.
Numerous programs in many countries train young children throughout the year by bringing them in at very young ages.
In countries with cold weather, participation rates are very high.
Almost every country has programs and facilities. See how fun and competitive the games are in China and India.
Reasons For Inclusion Of Any Sport In Olympics
The International Olympic Committee includes sports into the Olympic program based on several factors,
But the most important factors are:
- There should be an International Governing Body (an international federation) for the sport. Table Tennis has its own governing body, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF, founded in Lausanne in 1926).
- There should be widespread use of this game everywhere. Two hundred seventeen national associations are involved in the ITTF. By contrast, the Rugby League International Federation (no longer considered an Olympic sport) has 45 member countries.
So if you think that it’s not a sport or big game, then it’s clear that an Olympic sport is always a big sport. Moreover, if you think it is an easy sport, you could have a headache after reading its rules and regulations.
Hey, My Name is Timothy Wang. I’m the U.S. National Table Tennis champion of 2010, 2012, and 2013 and playing the game since the age of 12. The purpose of this blog is to share my experience, tips, and tricks with others so they can master and enjoy this game like I’m doing for years.