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ogruskie
08-18-2008, 09:45 PM
What the ****????

These guys are so into it, that it just seems pathetic to me. IMO, ping pong is for wanna-be tennis players who aren't fit enough to actually play. I can respect ping pong as a recreational game, but to put it as an Olympic sport is rediculous.

:oops:

xtremerunnerars
08-18-2008, 10:05 PM
Why doesn't it qualify? It's more grueling than a sport like baseball and takes incredible reaction and anticipation.

seems like a sport to me...

do you think badminton doesn't qualify either?

wyutani
08-18-2008, 10:08 PM
Why doesn't it qualify? It's more grueling than a sport like baseball and takes incredible reaction and anticipation.

seems like a sport to me...

do you think badminton doesn't qualify either?

well, there is no squash...

CHOcobo
08-18-2008, 10:14 PM
if you haven't play ping pong don't talk. it requires a lot of skills. it took me longer to learn ping pong than tennis to be consistent. just because YOU like tennis doesn't mean anything tennis alike is a wanna be. hell some ping pong people might even think vise versa. it's a sport. pro ping pong is much much more exciting to watch than pro tennis.

ogruskie
08-18-2008, 10:25 PM
Ping pong does require incredibly fast reflexes, but its not as physically demanding as any other sport. You don't need to run miles or lift weights to succeed in ping pong. Have a fast mind and you'll win.

Damn right I don't like it, thats why I had "IMO" (in my opinion) in the very first post. Don't pee your pants.

SoBad
08-18-2008, 10:41 PM
I don't think it's that simple. Things you're saying about PP is the sort of thing football player would say about tennis.

saram
08-18-2008, 10:57 PM
They show POKER on ESPN...nuff said?

Deuce
08-18-2008, 11:03 PM
Poker will be in the Olympics within 8 years.
Ballroom dancing was once in the Olympics.

The Olympics are becoming more and more commercialized - and so it only stands to reason that it will reach the insane point where poker - one of the most commercial activities currently - will be included relatively soon.

Ping Pong - otherwise known as table tennis - does legitimately belong.

saram
08-18-2008, 11:05 PM
Poker will be in the Olympics within 8 years.
Ballroom dancing was once in the Olympics.

The Olympics are becoming more and more commercialized - and so it only stands to reason that it will reach the insane point where poker - one of the most commercial activities currently - will be included relatively soon.

Ping Pong - otherwise known as table tennis - does legitimately belong.

I'd agree. If we have the 10m air pistol shoot, why not ping pong?

wyutani
08-18-2008, 11:07 PM
its called table tennis here. its like a national sport for my country.

SoBad
08-18-2008, 11:08 PM
^^ HKSAR is not a country...

quest01
08-18-2008, 11:24 PM
I don't know about that but from my experience, ping pong is a very physical and demanding sport which requires extreme physical and mental conditioning. If I had to compare Tennis and Ping Pong in terms of physical fitness, I would rank Ping Pong as much more strenuous.

So Ping Pong is definitely a sport and certainly one of the more physically demanding events in the Olympic games.

ramseszerg
08-18-2008, 11:36 PM
I don't know about that but from my experience, ping pong is a very physical and demanding sport which requires extreme physical and mental conditioning. If I had to compare Tennis and Ping Pong in terms of physical fitness, I would rank Ping Pong as much more strenuous.

So Ping Pong is definitely a sport and certainly one of the most physically demanding events in the Olympic games.

I dunno... I just watched someone with manboobs and a big belly represent his country in table tennis..

Vermillion
08-18-2008, 11:52 PM
ping pong... meh

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=176024

AznHylite
08-18-2008, 11:54 PM
What the ****????

These guys are so into it, that it just seems pathetic to me. IMO, ping pong is for wanna-be tennis players who aren't fit enough to actually play. I can respect ping pong as a recreational game, but to put it as an Olympic sport is rediculous.

:oops:

I can tell you obviously haven't played table tennis. Please keep opinions to yourself until you actually have a good enough knowledge on the topic...

Vermillion
08-18-2008, 11:56 PM
don't **** off the ping pong lovers on this board

crazytennis
08-19-2008, 12:05 AM
I dunno... I just watched someone with manboobs and a big belly represent his country in table tennis..

Baghdatis ? Mardy Fish ?

xr3fgb
08-19-2008, 09:17 AM
Baghdatis ? Mardy Fish ?

good'un! ha ha ha!

tennisfreak15347
08-19-2008, 09:24 AM
table tennis is even more demanding than tennis. infact, table tennis players spend the same amount of time, if not more, practicing for the olympics. have you seen the amasing control and quick reflexes required to play this sport? In america, it isnt as valued, but the same could be said about tennis from a football player's perspective.

william7gr
08-19-2008, 09:28 AM
China takes ping pong seriously. I was watching doubles the other day and they said if the chinese did not do good than they would be punished by being publicly or privately humiliated. They did not go into details about what the meaning of that was.

hollywood9826
08-19-2008, 09:38 AM
Actually as far as Caloric burn Table tennis is not far behind actual tennis. I would remove gynmastics and diving before I even got close to TT

sewing mama
08-19-2008, 10:19 AM
Actually as far as Caloric burn Table tennis is not far behind actual tennis. I would remove gynmastics and diving before I even got close to TT


Remove beach volleyball before all of those. The olympics really lost a lot of credibility when they made beach v'ball an olympic sport.

tears_of_awesom
08-19-2008, 12:26 PM
OP has no idea how physically demanding, mentally challenging, and how technically sound one has to be to be a competitive table tennis player. Professional players train from very early age and in china they basically start training when they are a sperm.

Did you know that table tennis is the most popular world wide sport besides soccer. Much more popular than tennis!! Seriously, look it up.

I dated a vietnamese girl who played on the vietnamese national team at one point. She did much of her training in china and she basically described it as a boot camp. Our college held a tournament once and she blew the doors off everyone who stepped up. God, I miss that girl *sigh*

bluetrain4
08-19-2008, 12:41 PM
What the ****????

These guys are so into it, that it just seems pathetic to me. IMO, ping pong is for wanna-be tennis players who aren't fit enough to actually play. I can respect ping pong as a recreational game, but to put it as an Olympic sport is rediculous.

:oops:

You know a lot of "real" jocks (and people in general) don't consider tennis a "real" sport (as horrible as that may seem to us tennis players), so be a little bit sympathetic.

Table Tennis (not "ping pong") looks a little stupid on TV, but there is a lot of skill involved. If equestrian "dressage" can be in the Olympics, why not table tennis?

Also, there are very few "wanna-be" tennis players.

veritech
08-19-2008, 01:16 PM
ping pong is the fastest sport in the world. and one of the most popular sports in china. which means one of the most popular sports in the world! haha.

littleboi21
08-19-2008, 01:50 PM
Remove beach volleyball before all of those. The olympics really lost a lot of credibility when they made beach v'ball an olympic sport.

How about BMX? I think they made it into an Olympic sport.

SuperJimmy
08-19-2008, 02:22 PM
I would complain about something like power walking (or I guess they call it "race" walking) before complaining about something like table tennis.

Also, just have to say really funny comment earlier about the manboobs (moobs). Made me laugh real hard. But if you think about it, one of the sports that probably has the most players with moobs is baseball (especially the MLB).

quest01
08-19-2008, 08:25 PM
Actually as far as Caloric burn Table tennis is not far behind actual tennis. I would remove gynmastics and diving before I even got close to TT

I agree, I burned more calories playing Ping Pong than running on a treadmill at full blast.

Vermillion
08-19-2008, 10:51 PM
wow, my ping pong thread got deleted.

I guess linking homosexuality with ping pong is not allowed

ramseszerg
08-19-2008, 11:27 PM
Why isn't race walking in this Olympics?

stormholloway
08-19-2008, 11:59 PM
I don't know about that but from my experience, ping pong is a very physical and demanding sport which requires extreme physical and mental conditioning. If I had to compare Tennis and Ping Pong in terms of physical fitness, I would rank Ping Pong as much more strenuous.

So Ping Pong is definitely a sport and certainly one of the more physically demanding events in the Olympic games.

I question whether or not you are completely full of it.

fluffy Beaver
08-20-2008, 01:56 AM
Why isn't race walking in this Olympics?

Speed walking is.

shintan17
08-20-2008, 02:00 AM
Actually...playing table tennis at decent level requires GOOD cardio...IMO. Pretty tough. Tennis requires much more athleticism....two different sports, but both difficult to master. Since Jyuudou which is our National sport (in Japan) is an Olympic sport, anything can be as long as they get the votes. That's how they decide what's gonna be in it and not.

jaketb193
08-20-2008, 03:52 AM
I was watching some table tennis, and does anyone know what the player are saying because almost every player screams either SOOO or JOOO after every point they win??

AAAA
08-20-2008, 05:58 AM
Believe it or but Sweden has at one time or another been world champions and gold medalists in table tennis. google Jan Ove Waldner, he was at his peak the best TT player in the world.

TheNatural
08-20-2008, 07:02 AM
I must be extremely fit then or have perfectly efficient technique or something because I've played a lot of table tennis and never find my self trying to catch my breath regardless of who I play against ,whether they're advanced players or whatever. Also I saw a few old fat guys in table tennis at the Olympics and they didnt seem to get too tired. It tests a lot of skill reflexes, and concentration but not much fitness.


Actually...playing table tennis at decent level requires GOOD cardio...IMO. Pretty tough. Tennis requires much more athleticism....two different sports, but both difficult to master. Since Jyuudou which is our National sport (in Japan) is an Olympic sport, anything can be as long as they get the votes. That's how they decide what's gonna be in it and not.

TheNatural
08-20-2008, 07:05 AM
I think table tennis is a good olympic sport, but its one of the most boring spectator sports I've seen. Its much more enjoyable to play.

I found it a bit funny when I heard BMX riding was going to be on the Olympics, but it was good to watch and very skillful and demanding.

If Synchronised swimming is a sport, then I guess anything can be called a sport.

Trampoline jumping was amusing. I only saw 1 routine, and the all the guy did was jump up and down on the trampoline higher and higher with each jump, and that was it. I was waiting for him to do a spin or something impressive. Since I didnt see more routines I don't know if they just jump up and down all of the time or what. I assume they also do all sorts of moves liek in the gymnastics.

KerryJ
08-20-2008, 07:05 AM
Ping pong does require incredibly fast reflexes, but its not as physically demanding as any other sport. You don't need to run miles or lift weights to succeed in ping pong.

I totally agree. Equestrian is far more grueling than Table Tennis. :roll:

TheNatural
08-20-2008, 07:20 AM
You just hav to be better than millions of chinese to succeed in Table tennis. I find it interesting to see how the top few distinguish themselves from the rest.

tears_of_awesom
08-20-2008, 08:19 AM
I must be extremely fit then or have perfectly efficient technique or something because I've played a lot of table tennis and never find my self trying to catch my breath regardless of who I play against ,whether they're advanced players or whatever. Also I saw a few old fat guys in table tennis at the Olympics and they didnt seem to get too tired. It tests a lot of skill reflexes, and concentration but not much fitness.

I do not know what you consider advanced and im not sure what your skill level is, but to say that table tennis is not much fitness is just as laughable to me as saying that it is a lot fitness to others. If balls are flying at you 60-100mph and you have to anticipate where the ball is going to be and move there by the time it gets there to be ready to hit that shot and then repeat that process while having a sound technique to be able to execute properly....then yes...I would consider it fitness. In fact, its much much more technical and a harder game than tennis and yes, the work out is up there for me, not as high as tennis but damn near close (depending on who im playing and what im doing)...If you dont get much fitness out of it than either you are superhuman or you and/or your partner are not playing at a level that requires much skill, effort and technique...

Just saying....

helloworld
08-20-2008, 08:55 AM
Many western countries try to break into Ping Pong, but it's almost impossible to break through the chinese dominance.

TheNatural
08-20-2008, 06:26 PM
I can play at a high level agaisnt guys that play at the highest level local competition all year long, though I just play casually. But its just not a very physical game. The most exercise you get in table tennis is when you have to walk to fetch the ball after someone hits a winner or hits it out, and bending over to pick up the ball all of the time. Ussually my opponent gets a lot of exercise from fetching all of my winners. :)

Mabe Im just much much fitter than you, so table tennis seems relatively much more strenuous for you? Dunno, but it's not a very physical game for me compared to many other sports. You should try to play advanced level touch football, or ultimate frisbee or something, you would probably have a heart attack if you think Ping pong is strenuous. lol.

Now im watching the chinese womens world champ Zhang play against a japanese women. None of them are breathing very much at all to take in oxygen. Most of the points are 5 or 6 shots long, and they take about 10 seconds to serve after each point. Thats just not very strenuous to me.


I do not know what you consider advanced and im not sure what your skill level is, but to say that table tennis is not much fitness is just as laughable to me as saying that it is a lot fitness to others. If balls are flying at you 60-100mph and you have to anticipate where the ball is going to be and move there by the time it gets there to be ready to hit that shot and then repeat that process while having a sound technique to be able to execute properly....then yes...I would consider it fitness. In fact, its much much more technical and a harder game than tennis and yes, the work out is up there for me, not as high as tennis but damn near close (depending on who im playing and what im doing)...If you dont get much fitness out of it than either you are superhuman or you and/or your partner are not playing at a level that requires much skill, effort and technique...

Just saying....

J-man
08-20-2008, 07:22 PM
Whether it should be in the olympics is your opinion. But it takes a lot of anticipation, and in it has its own physicality, thats a fact.

FuriousYellow
08-20-2008, 08:25 PM
Their showing Women's Olympic walking right now and you're complaining about ping pong?:lol:

Myng
08-20-2008, 09:34 PM
The ones talking cr*p about table tennis know nothing about it really.

http://usuarios.lycos.es/gfuentesv/fotos2005/WangLiqinFisico.jpg

Player do train really hard. Fitness at the highest level is a priority. Being explosive is required too. You need to be way quicker than in Tennis.

chrisdaniel
08-20-2008, 09:45 PM
Table Tennis Rocks!!!

nereis
08-20-2008, 09:50 PM
I wouldn't laugh if I was the OP. Bjorn Borg got his first racquet after his dad won a table tennis tourny, and his topspin forehand technique is based off of the table tennis stroke. So you could say that the modern topspin game is based off of ping pong.

PS: As a child Federer was scouted for tennis when people saw his crazy ping pong skills.

davey
08-20-2008, 11:06 PM
Poker will be in the Olympics within 8 years.
Ballroom dancing was once in the Olympics.

The Olympics are becoming more and more commercialized - and so it only stands to reason that it will reach the insane point where poker - one of the most commercial activities currently - will be included relatively soon.

Ping Pong - otherwise known as table tennis - does legitimately belong.

Poker in 8 years? Awesome. Maybe craps has a chance after all. I got work on my rolls!!

Deuce
08-20-2008, 11:12 PM
Poker in 8 years? Awesome. Maybe craps has a chance after all. I got work on my rolls!!
Hell - maybe poker will be there in 4 years.

If BMX biking can be in this year, the floodgates to ridiculessness are apparently wide open.

grimmbomb21
08-20-2008, 11:25 PM
table tennis is even more demanding than tennis.

Yeah, look how much running and football Forest Gump had to do before he began dominating table tennis.

J-man
08-21-2008, 06:33 AM
Their showing Women's Olympic walking right now and you're complaining about ping pong?:lol:I know man. It's lame.

Pro_Tour_630
08-22-2008, 06:33 AM
I question whether or not you are completely full of it.
it seems he is not the only one sniffing glue :)

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=216812

TENNIS_IS_FUN
08-22-2008, 07:22 AM
Ping Pong is THE sport that requires the fastest reaction time.

Nuff said.

littleboi21
08-22-2008, 07:38 AM
Ping Pong is THE sport that requires the fastest reaction time.

Nuff said.

I couldn't agree more. And you have to be precise with your shots just to get the ball in with power.

S H O W S T O P P E R !
08-22-2008, 07:59 AM
If they can fire a tiny plastic ball 300mph across the table, that's some damn good entertainment!

godot
08-22-2008, 09:58 AM
I can play at a high level agaisnt guys that play at the highest level local competition all year long, though I just play casually.

Record and let us see you play and we'll decide.

tears_of_awesom
08-22-2008, 11:17 AM
Ussually my opponent gets a lot of exercise from fetching all of my winners. :)

If everything you said is true and your as "good" as you say you are...than dont you think that this (your quote above) has something to do with why you feel it's not much fitness!?!?!?!??!?!?!?

tangerine
08-22-2008, 11:34 AM
Of course it's an Olympic sport. The Chinese excel at table tennis so there's no way Beijing would ever drop it. More medals for them.

WBF
08-22-2008, 11:53 AM
I can play at a high level agaisnt guys that play at the highest level local competition all year long, though I just play casually. But its just not a very physical game. The most exercise you get in table tennis is when you have to walk to fetch the ball after someone hits a winner or hits it out, and bending over to pick up the ball all of the time. Ussually my opponent gets a lot of exercise from fetching all of my winners. :)

Mabe Im just much much fitter than you, so table tennis seems relatively much more strenuous for you? Dunno, but it's not a very physical game for me compared to many other sports. You should try to play advanced level touch football, or ultimate frisbee or something, you would probably have a heart attack if you think Ping pong is strenuous. lol.

Now im watching the chinese womens world champ Zhang play against a japanese women. None of them are breathing very much at all to take in oxygen. Most of the points are 5 or 6 shots long, and they take about 10 seconds to serve after each point. Thats just not very strenuous to me.

I think you are getting a bit confused. This is like the local (decent) club player saying 'oh, tennis isn't too hard, I can hang with pretty much everyone in the area without too much effort'. In reality, you might be decent compared to some players, but you are no where near the top of the game, and your experience on how athletic or fit one muse be for ping pong shows us absolutely nothing.

tennis_nerd22
08-22-2008, 12:07 PM
What the ****????

These guys are so into it, that it just seems pathetic to me. IMO, ping pong is for wanna-be tennis players who aren't fit enough to actually play. I can respect ping pong as a recreational game, but to put it as an Olympic sport is rediculous.

:oops:

Ping pong does require incredibly fast reflexes, but its not as physically demanding as any other sport. You don't need to run miles or lift weights to succeed in ping pong. Have a fast mind and you'll win.

Damn right I don't like it, thats why I had "IMO" (in my opinion) in the very first post. Don't pee your pants.

you're a tool lol do you even play ping-pong?

it definitely deserves to be an olympic sport. btw you better get some pants

dave333
08-22-2008, 01:50 PM
Of course it's an Olympic sport. The Chinese excel at table tennis so there's no way Beijing would ever drop it. More medals for them.

Dude, Beijing wasn't the only thing that decided ping pong would be included into the Olympics.

tears_of_awesom
08-22-2008, 02:58 PM
Ping pong does require incredibly fast reflexes, but its not as physically demanding as any other sport. You don't need to run miles or lift weights to succeed in ping pong. Have a fast mind and you'll win.

Damn right I don't like it, thats why I had "IMO" (in my opinion) in the very first post. Don't pee your pants.

i posted in another table tennis about how I dated a Vietnamese girl a while back and how she played on the vietnamese national team before coming to the states for college. She trained in china and told me stories about how they train and you are wrong. She told me they were required to run at 5am every morning for 5 miles before starting their training sessions. The training sessions lasted 6-8 hours a day with the weekend off although I cant remember if she said both days or just one. She also said that no talking was aloud during the training sessions. Although she did not lift weights the majority of the males did! Im sure its pretty self explanatory on why running and lifting weights would be beneficial. Only having a fast mind is not going to cut it. Your body (foot work, speed, strokes, technique, endurance, etc...) has to be able to support what your mind wants do.

nCode747
08-22-2008, 06:21 PM
get rid of shooting b4 ping pong. try this go to your nearest ping pong table. and hit the ball as hard as you can. see if it lands on the table. pros hit it as hard as they can

meowmix
08-22-2008, 06:24 PM
Dude, Beijing wasn't the only thing that decided ping pong would be included into the Olympics.

You're forgetting that "ping pong" was invented in Britain.

checkmilu
09-05-2008, 08:14 AM
What the ****????

These guys are so into it, that it just seems pathetic to me. IMO, ping pong is for wanna-be tennis players who aren't fit enough to actually play. I can respect ping pong as a recreational game, but to put it as an Olympic sport is rediculous.

:oops:

This guy never play basic table tennis lol

LuckyR
09-05-2008, 08:20 AM
What the ****????

These guys are so into it, that it just seems pathetic to me. IMO, ping pong is for wanna-be tennis players who aren't fit enough to actually play. I can respect ping pong as a recreational game, but to put it as an Olympic sport is rediculous.

:oops:


Hello! The Olympics is all about random sports that have no airplay otherwise. When was the last time anyone watched competitive swimming that was not in the Olympics? Or gymnastics or track/field? Or competitive spelling?

the wise wizard
09-05-2008, 07:09 PM
What the ****????

These guys are so into it, that it just seems pathetic to me. IMO, ping pong is for wanna-be tennis players who aren't fit enough to actually play. I can respect ping pong as a recreational game, but to put it as an Olympic sport is rediculous.

:oops:

i agree. if ping pong is an olympic sport, then there should be a 200m dead mans float:-o