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Ping Pong, A Blast To The Past

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Blast to the Past
The origins of Table tennis can be traced back to as early as 12th century AD. The game descended from the game of “Royal Tennis” (also know as Court Tennis), which was played during the medieval era. During the 1800’s the game had become quite fashionable among the upper class in England. There was also a board and dice game that was called Table tennis. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s when existing evidence of the game appeared. A set made by one a David foster, which was patented in England which are table versions of the outdoors lawn tennis. At the start of the 1900’s John Jacques registers “Ping-Pong” as a trade name in England. The American rights to the name are ...view middle of the document...

From the early years of the People's Republic, sports had played an important role in diplomacy, often incorporating the slogan "Friendship First, Competition Second". During the isolationist years, athletes were among the few PRC nationals who were allowed to travel overseas. On April 10, 1971, the team and accompanying journalists became the first American delegation to set foot in the Chinese capital since 1949. One of the first signs during the Cold war of improved relations between the United States and China, Time magazine called it “the pong heard throughout the world.” President Nixon shortly followed it with a visit to China.
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Olympic accepted
It wasn’t until 1988 that Table tennis was introduced as an Olympic sport in Seoul, South Korea. At this time the game was changed so it could become a more televised spectator sport. The balls were made bigger which made then travel slower so the spectators could see them. The players had begun increasing the thickness of their paddles for a more accurate hit. Then the score was changed from twenty one to eleven. This made the game more intense and fast paced. Created excitement for the spectators.
The Unbeatable
China is the best in the world at Table tennis then are...

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