Popular Science: Is it the Chinese team that the International Table Tennis Federation changes the rules frequently and ends up dead?

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 Popular Science: Is it the Chinese team that the International Table Tennis Federation changes the rules frequently and ends up dead?


There are two principles in the formulation of rules for competitive sports. The first is fairness. The second is not to let the competition lose suspense too early.

But for the International Table Tennis Federation, these two principles have a vital problem.

One of the most typical examples is the candidacy reform of the Olympic Games (allegedly following Japans proposal):

And it hit not only the Chinese team itself: there was a shortage of singles places, but also the cancellation of doubles. In fact, the number of people who can participate in the Olympic Games by various associations was much smaller. Take the mens table tennis events of Athens Olympic Games as an example, Chinese team Wang Liqin Wang Haomalin participated in singles, Ma Lin Chen Qi and Kong Linghui Wang Hao participated in doubles, a total of five; by the 2012 Olympic Games, only three. How many athletes have dreamed of participating in the Olympic Games since childhood, and the change of the rules can directly break their minds. For most of the associations outside the pyramid, their participation in the Olympic Games has been reduced by 40%. Its hard to say whats good for the promotion of the Olympic Games and table tennis - half the chance to participate in empty space, and how to publicize it?

Of all the ball games I know, only table tennis can modify the core of the game itself many times in the years 2000 to 2017. In a few cases, such as the NBA, plastic basketball was replaced in 2006, but after protests from athletes, it was almost immediately replaced. In other sports, so generous to the ball from size to material for more than a decade to toss all over the unique.

Look at the ups and downs of table tennis in the past ten years.

Considering that table tennis itself is a sport that relies on exquisite feeling, every change of the ball actually forces the players to change their long-term dynamic stereotypes, and to re-understand the tactics and rules of the game: from the age of 38 mm small ball to 40 mm plastic ball, the tactics of table tennis have almost reversed; then from Lulu ball to plastic ball, a large number of techniques have taken place. Feasibility has been redefined.

Ding Song, a famous sharpener, once said in an interview that he had once practiced 44mm table tennis (this kind of thing usually appears in hot spring hotels in Japan, or among the elderly, people play with it, never formally standard table tennis). Because at that time, everyone thought it would be so big sooner or later, we can see what it was like to change table tennis at that time. To what extent.

After the start of the professional tournament in 2017, people began to find that some of the new plastic balls sponsored this year were not right: the rotation became much weaker, the ball began to jump very fast, and the ball dropped very fast, did not go forward, many balls that could not be hit before, can now be hit with a dim stretch of hands; there are many balls that can hit quality before have been inexplicably hit back. The ball that was won in the past has been beaten by people and lost.

The reason lies in the material.

Hongshuangxi, a sponsor of the International Table Tennis Federation, replaced the new plastic ball in 2017 with the name of the top of the competition. The biggest change in this new ball is the replacement of ABS material. This material has better elasticity and roundness and is indeed more durable than the previous PVC material, but the batting nature has changed greatly. So overnight, the plastic ball adjustment we made before almost completely cleared, and we started again.

From an objective point of view, the pot has to be backed up by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Their previous regulations on the material of new plastic balls are very broad. Almost anything that looks almost plastic can be used as a match ball as long as it can meet the wide tolerances required. Because of this, Hongshuangxi will be able to develop new products with great performance changes and immediately put them into the top competitions, and meet the standards - because there are virtually no standards.

What is more amazing is that as a Chinese enterprise, the sponsor of the Chinese team, Hongshuangxi wants to change the ball. It seems that the Chinese team did not know how to adapt in advance.

Finally, it is the reform of the world ranking points of the International Table Tennis Federation.

Table tennis has been used for a long time, which is based on the ELO system of chess: two opponents meet, win or lose, and get points according to their own points and their opponents. Win a lot more than oneself, increase points, lose ranking lower than oneself, drop a lot of points; the number of points is mainly related to the opponent.

But this year, the International Table Tennis Federation began to reform.

The new rule is that a players points will be determined by his final ranking in the competition, regardless of his opponent. As long as you play all the way forward, you can get more points. The level of competition is higher than the score, and vice versa. In addition, the new system has a time limit for scoring points. It only counts the best eight races in 12 months.

Participate more and score more. There is nothing wrong with punching in station and station.

I dont think the winner is the victim, so Chinese table tennis has always been a victory, and there is no victim.