by Sanniah Hassan
[Also] known as the “ping-pong”, table tennis is a sport which usually requires two to four players hitting a lightweight ball back and forth using small bats. The game takes place on a hard surface table usually divided by a net [similar in this regard to badminton and volley ball].
Sports among other extracurricular activities are vital for the wellbeing of the mind and body as they allow the person to stay active not just physically but mentally as well. Table tennis is one such sport that though it seems to be more of a mental task, is very much a physical effort. Also known as the “ping-pong”, table tennis is a sport which usually requires two to four players hitting a lightweight ball back and forth using small rackets. The game takes place on a hard surface table usually divided by a net [similar in this regard to badminton and volley ball]. The sport was originally played in the 1880’s in Victorian England. Although, Pakistan’s national sport is hockey, we have recognized the efforts of players from other sports including cricket and table tennis.
Radio Pakistan in a tweet earlier today shared news of efforts being made to promote table tennis. According to them, the president of the Pakistan Table Tennis Federation [is the national governing body to develop and promote the sport of Table Tennis in Pakistan, and was originally formed in 1951, in Lahore], Khawaja Hassan, has said that “efforts are being made for promotion of table tennis in [the] country.” In a statement Mr. Hassan claimed that the Master Table Tennis Tournament will be held at the Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad after the coming Eid-ul-Fitr. It is expected that more than fifty men and women players will take part.
Khawaja Hassan Malik, further said that there is “no shortage of talent” in the country but that there is a “need to provide facilities”. He said that the youth do not lack talent; however, they need to be provided with the proper facilities so as to pursue table tennis as a “serious career”. Moreover he said, that young players need opportunities in tournaments in country so that they may brighten country’s name at the world level. In this regard, he said that the competitions being held in educational institutions are helping facilitate the bringing forth of new talent.