Table tennis in China
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Pīngpāng qiú (乒乓球) is the official name for the sport of table tennis in China.
Chinese players have won the men's World Championship 60% of the time since 1959; in the women's competition, Chinese players have won all but two of the World Championships since 1971. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics, China won all possible gold medals.
Apart from the national representative team, the table tennis community in China continues to produce many world-class players, and this depth of skill allows the country to continue dominating recent world titles after a short break during the 1990s. The overwhelming dominance of China in the sport has sprouted rumors that the recent rules changes in the International Table Tennis Federation and as part of the Olympics are meant to lessen the dominance of the Chinese players. Although, as ITTF president Adham Sahara has said, the elimination of the hidden services, the elimination of speed glue and the use of larger balls are meant to make the sport more appealing and popular worldwide. Ma Long is currently the highest-ranked male player in the world. Deng Yaping is regarded by many as one of the greatest table tennis players of all time. The sport played an important role in China's international relations; in April 1972, the US table tennis team were invited to visit China, an event later called "Ping Pong Diplomacy".