The President of the United State of America- Barack Obama is among renowned people who have a soft spot for Table tennis. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) governs all table tennis sporting activities at the international level. Competitive table tennis is popular in Asian countries, Europe, and the United States. Among the greatest ping pong players are a South Korean player, Yoo Nam-Kyu, Chinese female player Chen Jing, male Chinese player Wang Liqin and Chinese player Guo Yue. Ping pong has become a popular sport which has in turn resulted to a new celebrity craze coming to England. The number of ping pong bars has significantly increased.
President Obama is one of the famous people who play ping pong, with the likes of David Cameron, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Stanley Kubrick, James Mason, the late Bob Marley, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Fidel Castro and much more. Michelle Obama, his wife also participated in table tennis during a visit to a state-run school in Beijing, china.
Barrack Obama once collaborated with David Cameron against a pair of teenagers in a Ping pong tournament in May 2011. What amazed people is, that both of them are left-handed as this is a rare scene in high-level tennis with making sure to get the best one of the best ping pong equipment. The two were playing against two sixteen-year-olds but the teenagers ended up winning! David Cameron gifted the president with a tennis table that was manufactured in China during his Washington D.C visit. This was to serve as a reminder of the time they played ping pong with pupils in South London.
During his European tour, president Obama made a point of playing table tennis with British pupils. The tour was purposed to strengthen the ties between the United States and England. While at it, the president and his wife dined with Queen Elizabeth 11 and met the newlyweds, Kate Middleton and Prince William. This is a political forum to reward loyal supporters and friends. The government of Britain is the main organizers of all the state meetings.
Obama met David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, for a security concern high-level meeting with a counterpart from the Arab spring, Afghanistan, and counterterrorism. It is after this agenda that they decided to visit a local school, Globe Academy where they played ping pong with the kids. They took the risk of being photographed while playing the game as it is usually a situation that politicians do not win. One of the kids gave feedback about the president being nice as he engaged him in a friendly conversation after the match.
The president engaging in a sport is not a new thing as many celebrities in a way or the other partake of certain sports while on tour or public events. Apart from ping pong, Obama is also a basketball fanatic who had been shown playing pickup games during his campaign. After his inauguration, he hosted a super bowl party to win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Other famous people like tom cruise, Steve carrel, George Clooney, Jamie Foxx and Brad Pitt have also engaged in sports at some point.