|Originating in England in the 1880's and an Olympic sport since 1988, table tennis is huge internationally, with 186 countries currently competing in the ITTF structure. In England the Table Tennis Association was set up in 1922 and home produced world champions include Fred Perry (1929), Johnny Leach (1949 & 1951), and twins Diane and Rosalind Rowe (doubles, 1951 & 1954). Jamacian born Desmond Douglas won a record total of 26 English closed titles and Dennis Neale won 18.
After this period Britainís supremecy in the Games has passed largely into the hands of players from China and Japan.
One of the highest participation sports in the Commonwealth, table tennis makes its debut into the Games in Manchester. However, table tennis has staged its own single sport Commonwealth Championships regularly since 1971. In the 14th Commonwealth Championship held in Singapore in 2000 there were 14 nations taking part.
The Manchester 2002 competition will consist of a team event and individual events.
The individual competition will contain all five world championships events: mens' singles, women's singles, mens' doubles, women's doubles, mixed doubles. It is proposed that Manchester will feature two special show-courts, with excellent spectator seating close to the action, together with facilities for extensive television coverage.
English table tennis Association
International table tennis Federation