Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Table tennis needs to be sexier

I played table tennis a lot when I was growing up. It was lots of fun. Watching table tennis, however ...

Well, it seems I'm not the only one who doesn't find it too thrilling. The stands at women's Olympic table tennis events have been half full. So how do we get more fans?

Make it sexy!

Seriously. Check out the first paragraph of this story:
Table tennis is desperate to attract more viewers and some in the sport believe a simple enough solution exists: get the women to wear skirts and shirts with “curves”.
Yep, those women in baggy shorts and shirts just aren't alluring enough.

“We are trying to push the players to use skirts and also nicer shirts, not the shirts that are made for men, but ones with more curves,” International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) vice president Claude Bergeret said in the story.

So what will the next Olympics table tennis competition look like? Maybe all the female table tennis players will be required to wear those beach volleyball pretty-much-a-thong bikinis.

And, you know, fencing and tae kwon do could use more fans, too. Watch out.