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What is the World Table Tennis Day? (WTTD)

Today is International Table Tennis Day. Since 2015, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSP) and World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) have been held on April 6 annually. On this day, we honor the sport of table tennis and all it stands for universality and social inclusion.


World Table Tennis Day

World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) is celebrated annually on April 6, originated by the idea of the ITTF Foundation. We promote the value of table tennis.

World Table Tennis Day 2022
World Table Tennis Day 2022

On this day, table tennis events are organized everywhere.

Here is the World Table Tennis Day 2022 (Teaser).

World Table Tennis Day 2022 (Teaser)

Watch this video.

 


The value of table tennis

Regardless of age, gender, talent, or physical condition, table tennis can be enjoyed or competed in by people from all walks of life.

Happy WTTD
Happy WTTD

As a result, Table Tennis Day is a chance for those who enjoy the game to share their enthusiasm with others and pique their curiosity about it. Here we are celebrating “World Table Tennis Day.”

Bhutan kids love table tennis
Bhutan kids love table tennis


History of World Table Tennis Day

When is World Table Tennis Day? Since 2015, World Table Tennis Day takes place on April 6 of each year.

The game is invented in England



Ping pong, another name for table tennis, was invented in Victorian England as a game for the home parlor. The term “ping-pong” was trademarked in 1901 by the company J. Jaques & Son Ltd, which used it as a snappy slogan to promote its products. Nowadays, table tennis and ping pong are not the same sport.

Partie de Tennis de table en 1901 Paris
Partie de Tennis de table en 1901 Paris

The foundation of ITTF

Then the official foundation for table tennis is invented in 1926.

When Henry Lawes of Wymondham, England, created the International Table Tennis Foundation in 1926, it was the first time the organization had ever existed. In the beginning, it had founders hailing from as many as nine different countries. With 226 member Associations around the world, this organization is still the regulatory authority for this sport.

ITTF
ITTF

International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) aims to promote table tennis around the world and urges it to be played in every country in the world as one of its primary goals. ITTF Development was founded to make the sport available to everyone, including those in less developed regions of the world, in order to help ITTF fulfill this purpose.

Table tennis is in the Olympics in 1988

While the sport of table tennis took a while to catch on as a competitive one, the inaugural World Table Tennis Championships were held in London in 1926, and they have been held every year since. It wasn’t until 1988 that ping pong was featured in the Summer Olympics as a recognized event.

Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito won the first Gold medal of mixed double table tennis at Tokyo Olympics (2)
Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito won the first Gold medal of mixed double table tennis at Tokyo Olympics (2)

Since then, the game’s rules have been fine-tuned. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and other organizations like it have helped bring table tennis to a new level since the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney adopted rules permitting players to compete.

The new 11 points system

The governing rules of Table Tennis made one of the most significant adjustments to the game when they introduced a new scoring system. For the first time in the game’s 75-year history, the scoring system changed from a 21-point system to one in which the first player to achieve 11 points wins.

In the history, table tennis set ends with 21 points. Today table tennis score is 11 points system.
In history, a table tennis set ends with 21 points. Today table tennis score is 11 points system.

There is only one exception to this rule: if each player has 10 points, then the player must win by two points.

World table tennis days is invented in 2015

World Table Tennis Day was instituted by the ITTF in 2015 in an effort to increase public awareness of the sport and encourage participation. In order to increase the number of people who know about and love this sport, the day has been commemorated and promoted ever since. In keeping with the ping pong game’s values, it is observed on the same day as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

World Table Tennis Day
World Table Tennis Day

Observing World Table Tennis Day can be a lot of fun, so let’s get creative!

The goal of the World table tennis day

With the goal of making table tennis more accessible, universal, and inclusive, the ITTF has since created a Table Tennis for ALL program. “ALL” refers not only to an increase in the number of people, but also to a variety of people with varying ages, genders, socioeconomic classes, cultures, and physical abilities.

World table tennis days in Philippines
World table tennis days in the Philippines

 

World table tennis days is very good for kids
World table tennis days is very good for kids

 

WTTD in Australia
WTTD in Australia

 

WTTD in Iran
WTTD in Iran

 

WTTD is everywhere
WTTD is everywhere


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