The sport has progressed enormously since it was first invented. Nowadays, players use specially developed rubber-coated wooden and carbon-fibre rackets and a lightweight, hollow celluloid ball. Thanks to their high-tech rackets, they can now smash the ball at over 150 kilometres per hour!
ping pong called table tennis in the Olympics The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the leading international athlete and sporting organization. The IOC’s mission is to promote Olympism and it looks after the interests of elite athletes, as well as those of sport that is not yet professionalized.
The competitions are conducted in accordance with the rules established by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Ma Long ( China) is the all-time Olympic medal leader, having won five golds. Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany) have won six medals in the men's competitions, while Ma Lin and Zhang Jike (China) are the male with three gold.
The history of Olympic table tennis is considerably younger than some of the ping-pong players who will be competing in Beijing. Table tennis first became an Olympic sport in 1988, in Seoul, Korea, and there are three athletes who played in their sixth Olympics - Sweden's Jörgen Persson, Croatia's Zoran Primorac, and Belgium's Jean-Michel Saive !
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