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Table Tennis

Table Tennis

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Table tennis, also known as ping-pong, is a sport in which two or four players h it a lightweight, hollow ball back

and forth using table tennis rackets. The gam e takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, pl ayers must allow a ball played toward them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side. Points are sco red when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and de mands quick reactions. A skilled player can impart several varieties of spin to the ball, altering its trajectory and limiting an opponent's options to great ad vantage. Table tennis is controlled by the worldwide organization International Table Ten nis Federation (ITTF), founded in 1926. ITTF currently includes 210 member assoc iations.[1] The table tennis official rules are specified in the ITFF handbook.[ 2] Since 1988, table tennis has been an Olympic sport,[3] with several event cat egories. In particular, from 1988 until 2004, these were: men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles and women's doubles. Since 2008 the doubles have been re placed by the team events

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