Stay safe, play table tennis, says Dartmouth player | Regional-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 are not any celebrations or exhibitions this yr, 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 exhibit 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 yr. “It’s to assemble all table tennis fans collectively on-line to take part on this occasion. It’s an excellent probability to get to know extra about table tennis, but in addition it’s a secure sport whenever you keep at dwelling.”

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

Liu says WTTD is “a celebration of the enjoyment to play table tennis for enjoyable, bringing individuals 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 acquired a soar on submitting his video to the Federation and heard again shortly.

“Gamers file their very own video individually and put it on Fb or Instagram, and the Worldwide Desk Tennis Federation will accumulate 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all of the gamers can meet on-line worldwide,” mentioned Liu, 26, who has been taking part in since he was six years outdated and is at the moment ranked 138th in Canada. “I simply wished to share my story so I recorded my video at dwelling, and despatched it. They acquired again to me by e mail and mentioned they might use my video.”