94-Day Countdown to Change in the ITTF's Presidency
Day 94, May 30 - Competing to be Best in the World in Table Tennis
Table tennis seems to be on a roll these days. The renowned Olympic journalist Alan Abrahamson has written a great article saluting the ITTF for reaching 220 affiliated national associations. Former player, and brother of Jean-Michel Saive, Philippe Saive has created a new event – the 2014 Legends of Table Tennis Tour. Make room for yet another draw. It’s the cyber game of table tennis played in a social media platform. And, as of today, as the accompanying photo indicates: I AM THE BEST IN THE WORLD IN TABLE TENNIS!
QuizUp, an extremely popular app for all ages, but especially the youth throughout the world, today announced the new instant quiz category of “Table Tennis.” Among all the Olympic sports, as far as I can tell, only basketball, boxing, golf, hockey, soccer, table tennis and tennis are available as quiz topics. Both the Summer and Winter Olympics are topics as well.
Here’s how it works. Upload QuizUp. Then go to Home, then click on Topics. Type in Table Tennis. Pick tab that says Play Now! The app will find an opponent for you. There will be six rounds, plus a last round worth double points. Four possible answers pop up after each question. You have 10 seconds to register your guess. At the end of the game, the winner is announced.
With each successive quiz, you earn points that propel you toward successive levels. You can track your progress both globally as well as nationally. The game features, for example in the United States, the ability to track your standing by state and even locally. You can also designate your friends to be your challenge partners.
This game expects you to know your stuff. I’ll give you a quick briefing. Study what each of the trophies awarded at the World Championships is named for each event. Identify photos of famous Europeans Jan-Ove Waldner, Mikael Appelgren, Jorgen Persson, Jean-Michel Saive, Jean-Philippe Gatien, Timo Boll, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Vladimir Samsonov, as well as Chinese greats Liu Guoliang, Zhang Jike, Ma Long, Wang Hao, Ding Ning, and Liu Shiwen. Know who won what event and when, especially the recently-concluded 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships, including match scores in the finals. Brush up on table and blade dimensions (metric system measurements). Be ready to match players and coaches with their national team, and sometimes even their club team or equipment sponsor. Brush up on table tennis brands, their signature products, and their home country. Be able to answer historical questions quickly. Know the word for our sport in multiple languages. Have ITTF rules down pat. You get the idea.
It’s been a thrill to be “the best in the world in table tennis” at least for today. Tomorrow there will be new opponents and new matches. Maybe we’ll hit some together soon. Have fun!