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  1. According to the ITTF website, the first use of the name "Table Tennis" appeared on a board and dice game made by J.H.Singer of New York in 1887, showing that the phrase "table tennis" had been around at least since then. In 1901, John Jacques registered "Ping-Pong" as a trade name in England, and the American rights were sold to Parker Brothers. On the 12th December 1901, "The Table Tennis Association" was formed in England, and four days later, "The Ping-Pong Association" was also formed in England. These two associations would later merge in 1903 to become "The United Table Tennis and Ping-Pong Association", and then would eventually change back to "The Table Tennis Association" before dying out in 1904. This seems to suggest that the names ping-pong and table tennis were fairly interchangeable at the origin of the sport. And as Parker Brothers were apparently very aggressive in protecting their rights to the trade name "Ping-Pong" in America, it is perhaps understandable that when the game began to revive in England and Europe in the 1920's, the name table tennis was preferred to ping-pong to avoid trademark disputes. It would also explain why the governing body of the sport is the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). So as far as history is concerned, the names ping-pong and table tennis were equally valid when referring to the sport. So much for the past - what about the present?
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    Thai football

    Chonburi FC will finish the season 2011 without any title. Kicked out of the AFC Cup by eventual winner Nasaf Qarshi, with just a theoretical chance to win the league, failed in the League Cup and now been eliminated by Army United in the Thai FA Cup. With one of their best performances since long Army defeated the 2011 cup winner. After 33 minutes goalgetter Leandro brought the home side up front. Chonburi showed improved in the second half. "Sharks" skipper Pipob On-Mon leveled with five minutes before the end of the game.
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    ice skating

    AFTER the success of amusement parks and water parks, it's now the turn of snow parks to hit the country's entertainment sector. October 2 will see the opening of the country's first large-scale snow park to be situated at the Delhi-Gurgaon border. A 50:50 joint venture of the Rs 35-crore Polo Group of Companies with Patine Corporation, Japan and Leisure Industries Co, Japan, it is for the first time that snow park technology will now be available in India and can be bought by small investors too. The technology being offered by the joint venture company Polo Pantine Leisure Pvt Ltd., comes to India at an investment of Rs 5.5 crore and offers complete snow park solutions including construction, equipment, installation and management. The snow park in Gurgaon will also serve as the showroom for the company. It is to be spread over a 2,000 square metre area with a floor area of at least 60,000 square feet. The facility will include an 800 sq. mt ice-skating rink and an auditorium with a seating capacity for 800 spectators. The snow park will mainly concentrate on recreational, sports and leisure activities for the spectators, including ice skating, figure skating, snow skiing, ice hockey, snow circus, snow games and so on. According to the company, a complete picture of Antarctica will be created at the park showcasing flora, fauna and lifestyle of the region. A 110-metre long indoor ski slope will be available for skiing, tubing and sledging. Polo group's Polo Consultancy Pvt. Ltd already provides services and consultancy regarding the setting up of theme parks and water parks in the country. With the latest venture into snow parks, Polo Group hopes to capture a substantial chunk of the snow park market, which it estimates at Rs 1,000 crore. "There are around a 100 amusement and water parks in the country, we think each of these would have a snow park as well in the future. A large part of the business will be in the sports arena with the setting up of ice-skating and other Olympic snow sports. We are looking at around 30 ice-skating rinks and 10 ski slopes across the country,'' says the Managing Director of the Polo Group, Mr Balwant Chawla. He explains that every year amusement parks in the country attract 600 million visitors, with snow parks the numbers will increase phenomenally.
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