Officials in table tennis's governing body, disappointed with the lackluster crowds at the Olympics (held in the country where the sport is most popular), are looking to garner more interest in the women who paddle balls so well. Their solution: more skin and tighter clothing. Oh sure, but when I tell that to women I'm the asshole.
“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.
One player, Japan’s Naomi Yotsumoto, has taken matters into her own hands. At the Japanese national championships last year, she played in a daring ensemble of her own design: knee socks, a pleated mini-skirt and a shirt that left one shoulder bare. [See it here - Ed.]
A young Japanese woman in a pleated mini-skirt? I find that pretty hard to believe.
If the ITTF wants some other ways to make ping-pong sexier, they should take a trip to Bangkok. For just a couple baht you can watch women do things with ping-pong balls that must be seen to be believed. I don't want to ruin the surprise, but let's just say they can fire the balls out of their vaginas.