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New film making stars of some of the world’s oldest ping pong players

If horse racing is indeed the sport of kings then ping-pong must be the sport of youth clubs, but maybe its reputation is set for an overdue rehabilitation. Ping Pong follows the fortunes of eight pensioners as they prepare for the World Table Tennis Championships in Mongolia. There’s Inge (89) who uses the sport to help battle her dementia, Australian centurion Dorothy, the oldest ever competitor, and a host of other elderly eccentrics just potty about ping-pong. But it’s also a film about growing old, about looking back and about making sense of things. Released in July, it promises to be an early antidote to the slick, coporatism likely to engulf much of this summer’s sport.