Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers, France and the Local Table Tennis Club Successfully Launch the “Table Tennis Night”

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers [Time]    2012-11-16 11:18:55 
 

Poitiers, November 13th, 2012—“Ping pong, ping pong...” the sound of table tennis reminded people of the “Table Tennis Night” which made the tranquil and peaceful small town Poitiers lively and vigorous.

On November 13th, 2012, the grand “Table Tennis Night” launched by the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers, France and the local table tennis club commenced at St. Nicolas Stadium. Nearly 50 students of the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers as well as more than 100 local people participated in this event, so there were no empty seats in the stadium. This event consisted of two parts. In the first part, professional coaches and athletes instructed and accompanied the students of Confucius Institute to play table tennis, and the second part was the French Table Tennis Games of Women’s Class A between Poitiers and Miramar.

In the first part of the evening, teachers and students of the Confucius Institute played with the professional coaches and athletes. A rapid ball was returned, and then a slightly pushed ball was returned with a smash. One player was flustered and failed to receive the ball. The other scored. During the game, there were many scenes like this. The audiences gave cheers and heavy applause from time to time and sometimes they burst into laughter. There was a 5-year-old student from children’s class and 75-year-old student from the elders’ class who participated in the table tennis event. Alain Mignot, President of Council of the Confucius Institute and teachers of the Confucius Institute actively interacted with the students during the event, which made the atmosphere very lively.


The coach explaining how to play table tennis in groups


Students of Confucius Institute playing table tennis


Students of Confucius Institute playing table tennis

In the second part, an exciting French Table Tennis Games of Women’s Class A drew the eyes of the teachers and students of Confucius Institute. In the formal game, the table tennis ball flew back and forth over the table, falling here and there and attracting the audiences to stare at the small ball with their heads whipping back and forth. The player of Poitiers team won the game with a wonderful loop bat, winning thunderous applause.


Students of Confucius Institute watching French Table Tennis Games of Class A

This “Table Tennis Night” allowed the Confucius Institute to go deep into the community and enabled more French people to get to know about China. The Confucius Institute expanded its influence by means of the Chinese “national game”. The local government has passed the proposal that the stadium specially designed for table tennis in the city will be built beside the Confucius Institute and it is expected to come into use in 2013.