The game originated in England during the late 19th century, where it was played by a group of university students indoors on a table. A row of books were erected the center of the table as a net, and a piece of cork served as ball. Players hit the ball from one end of the table to the other.
James W. Gibb, a British table tennis enthusiast, who discovered novelty celluloid balls on a trip to the US in 1890, found them to be ideal for the game. Early rackets were pieces of parchment stretched upon a frame, and the sound generated in play gave the game its first nickname “ping-pong.” Missionaries brought the sport with them to Shanghai and the Chinese enjoyed the game equally; its popularity there grew. Not knowing what to call the sport, the Chinese named the sport according to the sound it generated on the racquet. In December, 1926, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) was founded in London. ITTF used to headquarter in Hastings in Sussex before relocating to Lausanne in Switzerland in 2000. ITF now has over 200 member associations. Table tennis is one the world’s most played sports.
Venue: Kuliyapitiya Premises – WUSL