The next major innovation was by James W. Gibb, a British enthusiast of table tennis, who discovered novelty balls on a trip to the US in 1901 and found them to be ideal for the game. This was followed by E.C. Goode who, in 1901, invented the modern version of the racket by fixing a sheet of pimpled, or stippled, to the wooden blade. Table tennis was growing in popularity by 1901 to the extent that tournaments were being organized, books being written on the subject, and an unofficial world championship was held in 1902.
"A vast majority of the population has played ping pong at some point in time, whether it was in their basement or the garage or neighborhood rec center," said Hill Carrow, USA Table Tennis local organizing committee chairman.
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Members of the USA Table Tennis and U.S. Olympic Committee toured the Greensboro Coliseum Complex to go over logistics for next year's first Triad Olympic qualifying trials in table tennis.
"You'll see different styles. You'll see choppers, you'll see loopers, you'll see attackers and you'll see all these different things going on in the context of this great facility," said Gordon Kaye, USA Table Tennis CEO.