Sport: Puzzling Pingpong

Russian rewrite men of history seem determined to prove that all the world's gadgets and games were born somewhere back of the steppes, but they have yet to bother with table tennis. They are in no hurry to claim the sport that some effete Westerners still call pingpong—as long as some Iron Curtain country manages to beat the West at its own game. Ever since the end of World War II, Hungary, Rumania and Czechoslovakia have managed to do just that. Only the English and some agile little Japanese have seriously challenged Red domination of the bouncing celluloid ball.

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