Striking/Fielding Games are activities in which players score points by striking an object and running to designated playing areas or prevent opponents from scoring by retrieving the object and returning it to stop the play. By playing these games, participants will learn the key skills and tactics for games such as Baseball, Cricket and Softball. Table tennis and Tennis are games that are related to the striking games in flexibility, accuracy, strength, endurance and agility.
History of Table Tennis
Nobody is sure of the origin of table tennis but there is the general belief that it started in the far East. It was called different names such as “Ping Pong” “Indoor tennis””whiff-whaff” and “Gossima”. The name table tennis was given by the Parker brothers. The International Table Tennis was formed in 1926 with it headquarters in Berlin. Following the formation of the International body, national associations began to develop.
The beginning of table tennis in Nigeria is not very clear but the coming of the white men especially the missionaries who introduced schools also brought the game. In 1951 the Nigeria Table Tennis Association was formed. Since then there has been a lot competitions at local, states, federal and international levels.