The data on the table tennis beginning and development are inconsistent. Some experts consider that it arose in Asia - specifically in Japan or in China. But it was certainly enjoyed in Great Britain and also in France. At some point news of the game migrated to Russia. Eventually it was played and enjoyed in the United States.
Now nobody can tell who started to play table tennis, when it happened and where. The majority of experts consider that table tennis beginning took place in England, as a mild social diversion of Royal Tennis. Most likely, the history of table tennis beginning started in the second half of XIX centuries. However, in the XVIth century in England and France there was an amusing mild social diversion without any specific rules. The ball was made of feathers. The rubber ball appeared later. It is possible to see the game of old times when people played with rackets with the strings similar to usual, so-called big tennis.
Rather soon, it passed from open air to a room. The participants played on a floor. A game on two tables located on some distance to one another appeared later. Some time passed, and two halves of the tables were shifted. They pulled a net between them. The table tennis beginning is clear here.
The first "official" game rules are considered to have been created in England. One set was conducted up to 30 points. The form of participants was interesting. The mild social diversion made severe rules! Women had to play in long dresses and men had to wear tuxedos. Undoubtedly, the hollow ball was the main improvement. Here is one of versions of its occurrence. In 1900, the player by name James Gibb in America encountered small hollow color balls - children's toys. After returning to England, he tried similar hollow balls on a table and found out that it had the huge advantage before integral.
The ping-pong name was registered in 1901 (it came in the stead of such names as Gossima, Flim-Flam and Whif-Whaf) by John Jackers and was sold to Parker Brothers. Who also made millions with a game by the name of Monopoly (perhaps you've heard of it). It turned out from a combination of two sounds: Ping - a sound issued by a ball when it hits the racket, and the Pong - when a ball jumps aside from a table. Thus the ping-pong name became popular.
The table tennis beginning became fast widespread. It led to the necessity of creating the international organization and establishing the uniform game rules. Due to vigorous activity of Doctor George Leman (Germany) in Berlin it was created in January, 1926. That was the international federation of table tennis - IFTT. Avor Montague became the chairman of this organization - the outstanding English writer, the progressive public figure.
The first congress of ITTF and the first world championship took place in London in December of 1927. Sportsmen of England, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Denmark, and Sweden participated in the competition. Struggle went in four categories: single - men and women and steam rooms - man and mixed. Female pairs began to participate in competitions in 1928. Since then championships of the world were carried out every year, except for 1940 -1946.
The sports stock changed due to an explosion in the game's popularity. New materials quickly found their way into the application of the sport. There have since appeared various game rules depending on the level of play involved. So you can see the evolution of the game from its table tennis beginning into that of an organized sport is an interesting account of the popularity of sports. The ping pong name and its rules have been around ever since!