Eight players with 703 years between them, compete in the World over 80's Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia, guiding us through the extraordinary world of Veteran sports.
With intimate and candid portraits of life back home Ping Pong explores the hope, regret and immediacy of growing old.
Terry (81) having been given a week to live, gets in sight of winning gold. Inge (89) has used table tennis to train her way out of the dementia ward she committed herself to. Australian legend Dorothy deLow is 100, and finds herself a mega celebrity in this rarefied world and Texan Lisa Modlich, a new-comer at 85 years old, is determined to do whatever it takes to win her first gold. This film is as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is a meditation on mortality.
Clip: 1. Les prepares for ChinaLes D'arcy prepares for the World Table Tennis Championships.
Clip: 2. Les beats RuneLes D'Arcy beats Rune Forsberg of Sweden. We hear a history of Les from his family.
Clip: 3. Sun prepares for the competitionSun Lao from China gets ready to face his opponents.
Clip: 4. Sun loses his gameSun crashes out of the competition.
Clip: 5. Terry & DorothyWe hear more about two of the competition's older players.