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Although invented in England, Ping Pong has become China's national sport. Also known as table tennis, it is played by more than 300 million Chinese, with approximately 30,000 in formal training. Nearly every school has a ping pong table, and after school programs offer Ping Pong lessons and competitions. Kids who show promise are selected to attend sport schools, with some beginning as young as nine years old, where they practice for six hours a day. Since it became an Olympic sport in 1988, China has won 90% of the gold medals.
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