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Table tennis (also commonly known as ping pong), is a sport in which two or four players hit a ball back and forth to each other with paddles (also called bats).Table Tennis is the third most popular sport in the world. The game takes place on a table divided by a net. Players must allow a ball played towards them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opponent's side. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. A skilled player can impart spin to the ball, which makes its bounce and its reaction on the opponent's bat difficult to predict or return with confidence.

 

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Wang Liqin is the 2007 table tennis world champion. He won his title after winning his final match of the men's singles against Ma Lin at the 48th World Table Tennis Championships in Shanghai yesterday. Wang defeated Ma 4-2.

 

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ITTF Glue Ruling

Based on a majority decision taken by the Board of Directors of the ITTF, Glues containing harmful volatile compounds are no longer approved by the ITTF effective immediately. Although it is felt by the Board of Directors that the current levels of volatile compounds in Glues used to affix rubber coverings to the table tennis blade are in very small quantities and if applied correctly in a ventilated area provide no serious health risk to the players, it is felt, however, that long term use of such glues may have negative health effects.Therefore, as of immediate effect the ITTF informs all players to cease using glues containing volatile compounds (VCs).It is, therefore, the responsibility of each player, or his/her parents in case of minors, to cease using glues containing VCs. Any player using such glues will be doing so at his/her own risk and the ITTF will not be held responsible of any consequences or ill effects resulting from the use of such glues.All existing ITTF approvals of glues are WITHDRAWN effective immediately. This withdrawal applies to ALL glues currently on the market. The ITTF will cease to approve any type of glue effective immediately. However, the ITTF’s current “racket testing” programme and protocols will continue, which controls the amount of VCs in a racket in order to protect the health of the players.The ITTF will publish and circulate widely a list of available glues that are free of volatile compounds. This list will be updated regularly on the ITTF’s website.As of 1 January 2008 for ITTF Junior events, and as of 1 September 2008 for all other ITTF events, the ITTF will implement a new zero tolerance racket testing programme and protocol, using the “e-nez” and RAE instruments to ensure that all rackets used by players are VC free.In addition, as of today, in the case that a proven severe health incident occurs and is confirmed by the medical authority recognized by the ITTF, then the ITTF would implement the new testing programme immediately (VC free) at that date (confirmation of the incident) and sanctions would be applied for failed tests. An exact legal announcement of this procedure will be made shortly by the ITTF.The ITTF urges all parties involved, players, national associations, continental associations, manufacturers, and parents to act accordingly.

Adham Sharara
ITTF President

Quick reference

How to choose a ping pong balls?

The three star balls are the highest quality level balls and ITTF approved for competitions. The two star balls are next in quality. The one star is the lowest in quality in star graded balls.

What is High Tension Rubbers?

High Tension rubbers have tension built in to the sponge and top-sheet. This helps reduce the amount of energy lost at the point of impact. In essence, it turns the speed of your opponents shot into additional power for you. In short, High Tension rubbers are fast, VERY FAST.

What is Tensor technology?

Rubbers produced in tensor technique are softer and as a result, have more control. When using tensor rubers most of the players do not need fresh gluing. Because of this technology, tensor rubbers have inherently higher tension than traditional rubbers, therefore transfer more energy to the ball with all stroke play.

What is the permited racket size?

The racket may be any size, weight or shape. The total thickness of the racket must be at least 85% natural wood.

What is speed glue?

A special glue that improves the speed and spin parameters of the rubber sheet when applied. Its effect lasts only for a short period of time (few hours) and then the rubber needs to be reglued to the blade in order to maintain the improved parameters. This technique is known as "regluing" and has become a standard technique for top players.

What does the sponge thickness mean?

In generally, the thicker the sponge, the faster and spinner the rubber (non tacky rubbers).

What difference a carbon layer does to a blade?

Many blades today feature one or more layers from materials like carbon, kevlar, titanium, arylate, aramide and aluminum within them to enhance their 'sweet spot', and to give the player a greater margin of error when playing powerful shots. The carbon layers usually significantly reduce the 'feeling' or the 'touch' from the blade and make it stiff and heavy.

Beijing olympics 2008

Croatia’s Zoran Primorac thirty eight years old, Belgium’s Jean-Michel Saive (thirty-seven) and Sweden’s Jörgen Persson (forty-one) have definite chances of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Beijing.

They share one special common factor. They have all competed in all five Summer Olympic Games when table tennis has been staged. The first Olympic appearance of table tennis was in Seoul 1988 when Zoran Primorac won a Men's Double medal with Ilija Lupulesku.

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