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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, February 10, 1975 Ping Pong fans promised a treat to talk to a that the game is one of the Canada. (SveiT'Erickcsen'oS family restaurant 1715 Mayor Magrath Drive Phone 328-7756 for reservations "Welcomes and invitee all visitors and participants to exquisite dining and relaxation. (Dancing Friday ft Saturday evenings) Also Delicious Kentucky Fried Chicken from these outlets: Siren. FOOD and PASTRY SHOP 2201 3rd AVE. 5. PHONE 328-8161 1701 M.M. DRIVE PHONE 328-77S1 loop! A forehand smash and another loop. Again, many theories ex- ist on when and where table tennis' was first organized, but one of the first known associations was formed in 1902 in England under the name of Ping Pong Association. Interest dwindled and the association collapsed three years later. In 1921 the sport was resuscitated and took on the new identi- ty of The Table Tennis Association. The International Table Tennis Federation, grand- mother of it all, was found- ed in Jan. 1926 by George Lehmann in Berlin as a result of growth in Euro- pean countries during the part of the century. London played host to the first ITTF congress and world championship in Dec. of 1926. Players came from Austria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, India, Sweden and Wales. By 1939 a total of 28 associations were in the membership of the ITTF when activity ended during the war years. After the war, develop- ment picked up .again and expanded from Europe to Asia in the early 195Q's. By 1970 there were over 100 countries affiliated with the International Table Tennis Federation. In Canada, the Canadian Table Tennis Association post-war reformation took place in 1947. Originally two provinces were af- filiated with a third being added some eight years later. What has to be con- sidered the major breakthrough for table ten- nis came in 1967 when the game was recognized as one of the sports in the first 'Canada Winter Games in Quebec City: For the first time teams from every part of Canada played together in competition. Growing pains, but good ones, have been the result of the 1967 decision. Since .then the CTTA has grown steadily and now has reached full membership of 10 provinces and two territories as of 1972. This past fall the Winter Games sent Arnold Harris, chairman of table tennis to Whitehorse, Yukon to observe the Canadian team competitions. TABLE TENNIS Wednesday, Feb. 19 9 a R. Myers, teams in 2 R. Myers, teams in 6 p.rn.-W. R. Myers, teams in action-194 Thursday, Feb. 20 9 teams in 2 p.m.-Taber-All teams in 6 teams in Friday, Feb. 21 9 teams in 2 teams in action-243 6 p.m.-Tabcr-AH teams in aclion-244 Saturday, Feb. 22 9 teams in 1 teams in teams in ;