April 6 is World Table Tennis Day.
The sports governing body the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has been celebrating April 6 as the World Table Tennis Day every year since 2015. Run by the ITTF Foundation and supported by the ITTF, World Table Tennis Day has grown tremendously year on year with a record-breaking 922 events in 107 countries registered in 2019.
The day is celebrated with traditional social gatherings, casual table tennis activities and charity events. But in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration of the sport will be taking on a very different form to previous years. As people have been forced to stay at and work from home, they will be engaged in Table Tennis via special initiatives planned on social media.
Table Tennis fans have been asked to send in their creative videos while playing TT. People could use random objects that you can find around the house to hit the ball. And they could be in their bedroom, kitchen, living area, garden, garage, or even outside. They can film your video from anywhere.
The craziest, funniest video clips will be combined to create the longest ever rally online, which will be published on ITTF and ITTF Foundation social media channels on April 6.
ITTF’s Facebook page will show all the videos. Along with the user generated videos there will also be never seen before, archive footage, all in HD, taking you on a trip down memory lane to revisit a bucket list of classic, unforgettable matches from the past and many of the greatest legends to ever play the sport.
Along with celebrating the day, the ITTF is also promoting the cause to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
#SafeTableTennis video series doing the rounds on social media, in which fans are sending in videos of themselves playing table tennis while quarantined at home with anything and everything they can find lying around.
The best fan submissions are being featured on ITTF social channels with the additional chance to win a prize.
COVID-19 is of course affecting the players as well and they too have been sending in their videos, showing how they are keeping up with their training routines to stay on top of their game even while on quarantine. The best #TrainLikeAPro “Home Edition” videos are being featured on ITTF social channels.