Known as ping pong, this sport is commonly played in different parts of the world, because of the type of game that does not require extensive land.
Table tennis started in competition since the III Asian Games Tokyo 1958 but missed the VI Asian Games Bangkok 1970. There are seven categories contested in Asian Games, namely: men's singles, men's doubles, women's team, women's singles, women's doubles, women's team and mixed doubles. China undisputed as the strongest one.
Table tennis is sometimes referred to as ping pong due to the sound the ball makes when it hits a surface.
It is a sport which can be played by two or four players like tennis. The players hit a lightweight, hollow ball to each other using 'bats'.
The game takes place on a hard table divided by a small net.
Players must allow a ball played towards them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side.
Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions.
A variety of skills can be used when playing such as putting a spin on the ball.
Table tennis was first incorporated into the Asian Games in 1958.