Where table tennis originated is still debated. According to one opinion, this game originated in England. Where exactly, thanks to weather conditions, the game of tennis, which took place outdoors, moved indoors. Initially it took place on the floor, then they began to move tables to play it. It was only by the mid-19th century that special equipment was developed. At first, this game was called "Gossima" and became a popular parlor game. It received the official name “Ping Pong” towards the end of the 19th century, when it was patented. The equipment for this game has also undergone changes: tables, rackets, balls. Cardboards were used as rackets, balls were balls of thread, and the net was replaced by stacks of books. Up to 10 people could participate in the game: 5 people on each side. This is where the name "tennis" comes from, according to some, since 10 in English is "ten". But in fact, where the name came from is still unknown.

What are the rules of the game?

• From 2 to 4 people can participate in it

• A game consists of rallies that begin with a serve. Feeds continue until one of the participants makes a mistake.

• The participant who scores 11 points wins.

• The game consists of 5 - 7 games

• Do not touch the table.

Nowadays, there is a fairly large selection of equipment that is needed for modern table tennis. For example, on the website of the vistasport company you can select all the gaming material, including the most important thing: table tennis rackets . Main characteristics of equipment for playing ping pong:

• Table, mostly dark green, size: length – 274, width – 152.5, and height – 76 cm.

• Mesh size 183x15.25, consists of mesh, cord and support posts.

• Ball measures 37.2-38.2 mm and weighs 2.4-2.53 g. Made of celluloid or plastic, usually white.

• Rackets are made of wood, covered with special rubber plates. The form is arbitrary.

Game materials are constantly being improved.

Over time, ping-pong from a parlor game became a sports game, and subsequently became part of the Olympic Games. Competitions are held in doubles: men's, women's and mixed.

Ping-pong appeared in Russia in the 19th century. In the 60s, the first club appeared in St. Petersburg. And in the late 90s it became popular in private homes in large cities, such as Moscow, Odessa, Yalta and St. Petersburg. And it is still one of the most popular sports games.

Table tennis is also good for health: it strengthens the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system, improves metabolism, has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, improves vision and helps control weight.

Learning to play table tennis is not difficult and does not require special sports training.

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