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Is table tennis a pro sport?

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Table Tennis is a much loved sport from all over the world. The International Table Tennis Federation or commonly known as ITTF is the governing body of table tennis internationally and it says it now has as many as 226 member countries participating in its professional league.

A professional sport can be defined as a sport which someone can get paid for as a primary source of income. The top 100 players’ salaries start from 30000 EUR per season. Then some of the most famous players such as Ma Long is the richest table tennis player in the world and has amassed an estimated net worth of $20 million as of November 2022.

Due to numbers like these it is no wonder plays work so hard to reach the top of the sport. In general, it will take 10 to 15 years to reach the top professional table tennis level. At a minimum this means training 5 hours a day for more than 15 years.

Table Tennis is also played in the Commonwealth and Olympic games furthering its reputation as an elite, professional sport.

Which countries are the best at table tennis?

China is the country that is the best at table tennis by far. They have won almost every table tennis medal at the Olympics.

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