Table tennis or ping pong is a sport in which two or four players play. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, players must throw ball with a special racket towards their oponents. Only one bounce on their side of the table is allowed and they must return the ball within the rules.
Points are scored when a player fails, for example, if there are more than two bounces or if it goes out of the table.
Spinning the ball alters its trayectory and limits the opponent’s options, giving the hitter a great advantage. When doing so the hitter has a better chance of scoring if the spin is successful.
Ping pong has been an Olympic sport sice 1988, with several event categories. In particular, from 1988 until 2004, these were: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles. Since 2008, a team event has been played instead of the doubles.