Friday, May 27, 2011

Table Tennis - Did you know?

A Table Tennis Bat
Table Tennis Trivia
  • Table Tennis is played in over 200 countries
  • Table Tennis is the second highest sport in terms of participation.
  • About 300 million (30 Crore) people play Table Tennis in China. It is the largest recreational sport in that country.
  • Since 1959, Chinese men have dominated the World Championships and have won the title 60% of the time.
  • In April 1972, the US table tennis team were invited to visit China. This was a landmark event in the history of the world and helped improve US and China relations. The event was dubbed "Ping Pong Diplomacy".
  • The best performance by an Indian at a world championship was K Nagaraj, who reached the quarter finals at the 1956 edition. Nagaraj unfortunately lost 20-22 in the deciding game. Nagaraj is considered the all-time greatest player of India.
  • Uttam Chandarana beat a world champion in Mumbai in 1952
  • Gool Nasikwala won the triple crown in the inaugural Asian table tennis championship in Singapore in 1952. No one can dare dream about in India today.