London 2012 table tennis dominates Google Doodle

2 Aug 2012

The London 2012 table tennis Google Doodle

Internet search giant Google is tipping its hat to the Olympic sport of table tennis with a Doodle on its homepage.

Google has been featuring Olympic-themed Doodles – stylised Google logos – on its homepage since the Games kicked off in London on 27 July.

Today’s Doodle depicts table tennis players lobbing a ball over a net that contains the word ‘Google’. The paddle of one tennis player cleverly forms one of the o letters in ‘Google’.

Table tennis, according to London 2012, is the world’s largest participation sport that originated in the late 19th century as a game upper-class English families played after dinner.

Today, athletes specialising in the sport must demonstrate power, subtlety and lightning-fast reflexes.

London 2012 table tennis events began on 28 July and run until 8 August, and include 172 athletes (86 men and 86 women). There are four medal events: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s team and women’s team.

The London 2012 Olympics conclude on 12 August.

27 July Doodle

Google’s Doodle from 27 July, the opening day of the London 2012 Olympics

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic