Stay safe, play table tennis, says Dartmouth player | Local-Sports | Sports

Organized sports activities are out, for who is aware of how lengthy, however table tennis (or Ping Pong) is likely to be the reply.

Monday is World Desk Tennis Day, created by the Worldwide Desk Tennis Federation in 2015 and celebrated each April 6 in tournaments and exhibitions. In fact, there aren’t any celebrations or exhibitions this 12 months, however Di Liu of Dartmouth, who performs in tournaments (that he generally wins), nonetheless has the spirit.

The ITTF has requested for video submissions of creatively performed table tennis, and Liu was fast to display his expertise, which embody utilizing a roll of bathroom paper as a racquet to bounce a ball off his wall.

“I’d wish to share my table tennis story with all native residents in the course of the particular time,” mentioned Lui, who’s initially from Beijing and has lived in Halifax for nearly a 12 months. “It’s to assemble all table tennis fans collectively on-line to take part on this occasion. It’s a very good likelihood to get to know extra about table tennis, but in addition it’s a protected sport whenever you keep at dwelling.”

There are seven table tennis golf equipment throughout the province. The Nova Scotia Desk Tennis Affiliation cancelled a event in March and is more likely to cancel one other one this month.

Liu says WTTD is “a celebration of the enjoyment to play table tennis for enjoyable, bringing folks collectively the place the main focus is much less on competitors and extra on participation and enjoyable.”

For instance, he says Ping Pong doesn’t need to be performed on a regulation table, suggesting as an alternative the kitchen table and even the “tea table.”

He bought a bounce on submitting his video to the Federation and heard again shortly.

“Gamers report their very own video individually and put it on Fb or Instagram, and the Worldwide Desk Tennis Federation will gather all of the movies and share them on-line. So, all of the gamers can meet on-line worldwide,” mentioned Liu, 26, who has been enjoying since he was six years previous and is at present ranked 138th in Canada. “I simply needed to share my story so I recorded my video at dwelling, and despatched it. They bought again to me by e-mail and mentioned they might use my video.”