Ping Pong is a Game, not a Sport
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...the art of playing tennis on a table except for the rackets aren't as big, the balls are made of different material, the balls aren't yellow, and they are smaller; the players don't stand on the court to play rather they play standing besides the table. The table has a net in the middle of the table and the objective is to pass the little ball over the net, letting the ball hit the other side but not yours.
I argue that this is not a sport because
1. everything is miniature
2. does not require much athleticism at all as you do not have to move
3 does not require teamwork
4. does not require strategy
All rounds are rebuttals.
LET THE DEBATING BEGIN!
an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Ping pong involves both physical exertion as you have to move your arms and dive for the ball on occasion. And it certainly requires skill as people who have never played it are usually terrible and the professionals can hit and return the ball at tremendous speeds. In response to your 4 arguments why it is isn't a sport. Firstly the fact that everything is smaller than tennis doesn't make it miniature and if it was I do not see why that would matter. Secondly it does require athleticism as you have to lunge forward if your opponent drop shots you or hits it really hard and you have stand backwards. Thirdly you are right it doesn't require teamwork but neither does tennis, squash, chess, gymnastic or swimming . And it actually can be played in doubles just like tennis, and swimming. And tun response to your last comment it does require strategy as you have to know when to drops shot your opponent or know hen to hit it extremely hard or play the ball into the corners. I look forward to your return argument.
Here is a quote that someone on ESPN wrote :
"Table Tennis is not a sport. It is more of a hobby. Sure its in the Olympics, so is diving and a lot of other hobbies people have."
To add on to what this person said, I will mention the fact that though table tennis players wear sweatbands (!) they are doing it for 1) show, and 2) they are not in shape.
Also, is it not fancy for 'miniature' when you call it "Table Tennis?" Ping Pong is derived from the REAL sport of 'tennis,' and tennis DOES require you to move around on a huge court, dive for the ball, plus have hand-eye coordination! And even some tennis players don't wear sweatbands!
Knowing that Ping Pong requires some skill does not make it a real sport. I picked the game up quite nicely myself, after watching my family play and then playing about 3 games. Then I beat everyone from then on. A real sport you cannot just pick up and learn right away. Besides that, it you can't have a plan or a strategy ready before playing a game of Table Tennis; it is all instinct that you can't prepare for therefore skill is not strategy. And, as I already said, you need to have strategy for a game to become an official sport (in my opinion). But do you not agree? You cannot plan (strategy means plan something in order to achieve your goal) what is going to happen therefore you cannot have a strategy in the game of Ping Pong.
Without further ado I will also state the fact that Table-Tennis is a terrible spectator game/sport , whatever you want to call it, it is not easy to watch on TV or in an arena because the ball goes so fast and is so small. So besides me arguing that it is not an official sport, I also argue that Ping Pong is not a good spectator game either. It's hard to argue with that.
JasperFrancisShickadance forfeited this round.
So the definition of sport no longer has to do with tradition? Everything NOW that is a definite and obvious "sport" is such not only because of the characteristics of teamwork and athleticism but the tradition which has remained. 
I have already given my reasons for why Ping Pong players do not...
-give physical exertion
-it is only instinct, if anything players need to have hand-eye coordination: for sure they don't need skill!
And, as the definition gives, a sport is something that MUST be done for the ENTERTAINMENT OF OTHERS. I have also already given reasons why Table Tennis is an awful spectator sport and, in most cases, boring to watch too.
My opponent: "If it is only a game why is it in the Olympics?" As I said earlier, diving is in the Olympics, but it is more of a hobby (just like the game of Ping Pong) rather than an actual sport--in my opinion, diving isn't a sport OR a game. But that's a conversation for another time.
I said it could be a lazy sport but that does not mean it qualifies for (yes, a TRADITIONAL) sport. 
Ping Pong, in my presence, could be called a non-traditional/lazy sport but I wouldn't allow it to be ranked any higher than that because when you have sports like baseball and basketball, can you possibly put Ping Pong up there at the same level of sport?! That would be disappointing. 
Nickpowell forfeited this round.
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Vote Placed by birdlandmemories 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's round 2 aarguments were relatively weak. Pro's sources combined with the fact that she used 2 rounds for arguments and con only using one, leads to an overwhemling pro victory.
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