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From Beijing to London, London Mayor Boris Johnson heralds the coming of the 2012 Olympics stating: "Ping pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century and it was called wiff waff.
"There I think you have the essential difference between us and the rest of world.
"Other nations, the French, looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to have dinner.
We looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to play wiff waff.
That is why London is the sporting capital of the world."