THE DOMINANCE OF THE CHINESE AT WORLD TABLE TENNIS EVENTS
Currently in the world, reports have it that no sport is dominated like the way the Chinese have stood out in Ping Pong or Table Tennis as it is called. Since the game was introduced in 1988 at the Olympics, the Chinese have won a whopping sixteen (16) medals. Taking a quick look at the 2008 Olympics which held in Beijing, the highest ranking persons in Table Tennis were all Chinese.
Chinese women have been privileged to be recipients of 11 gold medals out of a possible 12 medals at the Olympics, since its addition in 1988. Also, since 1961, they have added to their trophies cabinet, 17 world single titles. Asides the 1991 event where a South Korean woman earned the berth, no woman of Non-Asian origin, has been able to win either the Olympics or the World Championship since 1955.
The Chinese men have not fared quite as excellent as the Chinese women. Since the 1970s, the Chinese men have won 20 world titles. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the men happened to win the previous four world championships and also 7 gold medals out of 10 at the Olympics. For the past ten years however, the Chinese men have been reported to have won almost every Olympics and world title in Table Tennis/Ping Pong.
One would wonder why the Chinese deliver excellently well when it comes to Ping Pong/ Table Tennis, a factor which should be responsible for this, is the great population which China has. The population of China currently is in Billions, and one can imagine the number of people who would be playing the sport. Since when it was pronounced as a national sport in the 1950s, the country has fully accepted the game. As a matter of fact, it would not be wrong to say that Ping Pong/ Table Tennis is the official indoor game of the Chinese.
THE CHINESE METHOD OF APPROACH IN TABLE TENNIS
In China presently, it is a rare sight for you not to see a Ping Pong table at any park. Almost all the schools in China has a Table Tennis team which takes out time to train, and also participate in almost all Table Tennis championships. Some quarters have hinted that, since Ping Pong is one sport whose success is not hinged on the size of the player, it would be easier for the Chinese to thrive as any other nationality would in this aspect.
Also, the recruitment process for prodigious talents exhibited in the game of Ping Pong is done expertly. This recruitment is usually done at a young age, and they are fixed into special schools which would help the young one’s harness and properly utilize their skills as they grow older. As reported, Chinese players spend ample time in practising each day. Sometimes, their training session is usually supervised by Top players.
It is then normal to state that all the strategies put in place when it comes to Ping Pong/Table Tennis in China, is enough to bring about the success achieved on a grand scale.
In China, it is a conventional sight for you to see players with their personal individual practice partners. Hardly do they practice professionally without the aid of a practice partner. The benefit in this is, it is always an avenue for the practice players to work on their weaknesses and increase in their strong point. So most times, these players spend the training session working on any inherent fault.
Taking it further, these practice players are exposed to video training sessions of professional Chinese players and even professional players from other nations. So it is quite possible for a player to spend countless hours learning one or two skills, until it is perfected to a reasonable extent.
Another astounding specialty which the Chinese exhibit, is the provision of a psychological, strategic and mental staff which ensures that Chinese Ping Pong players get the best support ever. These category of people work all round the clock to see to it that the players take their game to an acceptable level.
Obviously, it is almost impossible to state that China’s success in Ping Pong/ Table Tennis boils down to a single secret.