The history of table tennis

Table tennis dates back in the 1880s, it took center stage as an indoor game due to extreme weather conditions associated with the winter season. After twenty years, Parker brothers, a renowned board company in United states adopted the trademark Ping-Pong- the sound the butt and the ball produces; though the origin of the name was from a firm in Europe, J. Jaques, and Son. The game became popular in the beginning of the 19th century, which was the formation of Ping Pong association but later renamed as Table tennis association in 1922.

histoyofttThe game was popular in America and Europe, the time the association was formed; a visiting Japanese Professor adopted the game and introduced it to its students in the university. It later gained entry in Budapest and Vienna after Edward Shires, a salesman from the UK, offered lessons on the game so ping pong equipment is a worthwhile investment

Initially, the high class played the game. It slowly gained populace in the middle class in London city, the government decided to take a step and organize a tournament, which was successful and received numerous sponsorships. It led to the emergence of a league accommodating all teams from all the cities in Britain irrespective of financial class. The league consisted of various clubs from England.

The Daily monitor became the first gold sponsor of the tournament and massive media advertisement saw a registration of over 4,000 participants. It became the first ever tournament in London. In 1927, the league led to the formation of English Table Tennis Association, the son of Lord Earthling, Ivor Montague, was the chairman. His passion for architecture made him a key stakeholder in the design of tennis tables. The game has over 19 leagues registered under the association. Currently, it boasts of 300 leagues with 75,000 players registered in various leagues within the Association.

Dr. Jacobi, a Hungarian was the first winner of the World Championships in 1927. This encouraged more Hungarians to participate in the sport and dominated gold medals in the World Championships throughout the 1930s apart from 1929, when an English man Fred Perry, broke the record.


In 1950, the Japanese invented a new bat with sponge covering the circular part of the paddle, the association adopted the new equipment though after numerous debates and stakeholders consent. It becomes the universal equipment recommended by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)  The advantage of the new equipment was quick ball bounce which made players change tactics in ball attacks. It also saw improved body movement to conquer the fastball response due to the spongy material.

The sport was first included in the Olympic championships in Seoul in 1988, it has then received wide media coverage. The most spectacular were the 2 billion audience in the men singles. Chinese are the renowned players of Table Tennis. It is widely played at any playground, workplaces, recreation centers and any outdoor event. The Chinese government regards any top Table Tennis players as heroes and gives state arrivals and departures for their players attending any championships.