Table Tennis is a sport played across all continents and the sport is called with different names around the world. Most of the countries use either Table Tennis or Ping Pong and they also have names based on National or Regional languages such Tisch Tennis, Bord Tennis or tênis de mesa etc.
Popular Table Tennis names used around various countries are below -
|China||Ping Pong||Pīngpāng qiú (Chinese: 乒乓球)|
|India||Table Tennis||टेबल टेनिस|
|Hungry||Asztali tenisz||Asztali tenisz|
|Russia||nastol’nyy tennis||настольный теннис|
|Spain||Tenis de mesa||Tenis de mesa|
|Italy||tennis da tavolo||tennis da tavolo|
|France||tennis de table||tennis de table|
|Arabic||tans tawila||تنس طاولة|
|Romanian||tenis de masa||tenis de masa|
|Turkey||stol tennisi||stol tennisi|
|Vietnam||bóng bàn||bóng bàn|
|Mongolia||shireenii tyennis||ширээний теннис|
|Greece||pin’nk pon’nk||πινγκ πονγκ|
|Indonesia||tenis meja||tenis meja|
Some countries have similar languages and they have similar names for Table Tennis in the languages.
History of Table Tennis names is very interesting with so many names in past such as
Out of the above names in history, only Ping Pong and Table Tennis prevailed in modern era. Here is an excerpt from ITTF website
Gradually the two most popular names prevailed: Ping Pong, and Table Tennis. However, these competing names caused some problems, as two associations were formed, and with different rules for the game some confusion resulted. Ping Pong was trademarked in 1900 by Hamley Brothers in England, and soon afterwards Hamleys became “jointly concerned” with Jaques. They rigorously enforced the Ping Pong trademark, requiring use of their Ping Pong equipment in Ping Pong tournaments and clubs. Parker Brothers, who acquired the American rights to the name Ping Pong, similarly enforced the trademark. Eventually it became clear that for the sport to move forward, the commercial ties had to be severed.
- Source - ITTF- History of table tennis
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