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Dejan Papic, executive director of the Ontario Table Tennis Association, said the sport’s biggest challenge is that it is hard to grasp, at least initially. “When you’re watching for the first time, you don’t know what a player did that’s so good. Other sports, like basketball, you can enjoy them from the start. But with table tennis, you have to learn to enjoy it.”

The pleasure comes more easily on YouTube, where a spectacular rally can be isolated, slowed down and replayed from every angle until even a novice viewer can appreciate the game’s unique combination of speed, agility, deviousness, power and controlled touch – all of it playing out in a tight space not much bigger than, well, a suburban rec room.

But for a newcomer watching the Canada Series Finals in real time, the points are won before there’s time to appreciate the unbalancing effect of a backspin serve or spot the deceptiveness in a player who moves his opponent to a vulnerable position with just a hint of body language.

Instead, all you see at first glance is an impressive rapid-fire exchange that leaves one player fist-pumping with a sudden shout and the other fetching the elusive rolling ball just as kids used to do in the cluttered-rec-room version of the game.n?

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The sad, apparently unending public perception of our game. Propagated now, I believe, not by the set-in perceptions of aging baby boomer journos but by their successors who are simply googling their (lame) stories' backgrounds.


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