Ping London

13May10

Ping pong, table tennis, whiff whaff; whatever you call it, after Boris’s emphatic speech reclaiming ping pong back to these shores two years ago, it looks like it’s going to be a feature of London’s spaces this summer.

100 ping pong tables are being set up across the city, as part of the mayor’s plans to promote the game in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics.

According to Kunal Dutta in The Independent, venues for the tables include Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, Soho Square, the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park and Heathrow’s Terminal 5, and artists including Damian Hirst, Tracy Emin and the Chapman brothers will be customising each table.

The city will also provide ping pong bats for each table, bearing the legend: “Please put me back”, and Boris be opening the ‘Ping London’ tournament, by playing the first match, against the chairman of the London Games, Lord Coe.

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