The Chinese and Table Tennis

The Chinese and Table Tennis

Whatever the tournament, wherever the venue, there is one thing for certain, whenever there is a table tennis tournament the Chinese are sure to be in the running.

When I was younger I used to go to boarding school and, at the weekend, there would be various activities to keep us entertained. My personal favourite was the weekly table tennis tournament as I generally fared well. This was as a result of countless evenings honing my skills to a standard which, I believed, were to a good standard. Whilst working in China recently I decided to revive my skills and test them out against the locals.

 

To my surprise, I found that table tennis tables were much more common in China than they are back home. Had I put any thought into it perhaps with China’s prominence in the sport it shouldn’t be such a surprise. Whilst having a drink in a local bar I spotted a table and challenged one of the English speaking locals to a game. Needless to say, I lost, as I did on every...
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