Human and Machine Robots Vie in Table Tennis

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February 28, 2013

Arnold Table Tennis Challenge:

Human and Machine Robots Vie in Table Tennis

COLUMBUS, OHIO –“PingPongMan” Scott Preiss, known as a human robot with a paddle, will square off with the Newgy Robo-Pong machine robot at the 10th Arnold Table Tennis Challenge March 1-3. Both robots, Preiss and Robo-Pong, will accept challenges from all comers at the 25th Arnold Sports Festival.

Preiss will wow the audience, using a 3-inch paddle, or a donut-shaped Paddle with the center sawed out, or by serving from 30-40 feet from the table, just as he did 10 years ago at the 1st Arnold Table Tennis Challenge. Also appearing will be Samson Dubina, of Akron, 6-time Ohio champion, and 2-time junior Olympics gold medalist.

“We’re honored again to be a part of the Arnold Sports Festival,” says Ed Hogshead, chairman of the event since its inception.

Organized events for youth are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Open play for all, will be available all three days. Entrants will compete for custom-made 2013 Arnold Medals.

Recreational Youth events and family doubles begin at 6 pm Friday in the Terrace Ballroom of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street. USA Table Tennis junior events and Ohio State Closed Youth Championship events are Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2.

Senior Olympics competition starts at 2 pm Friday. For players age 55 there will be a USA Table Tennis event held on Sunday at 1 pm. Other competitions are scheduled in 28 age and skill divisions. Many top juniors and elite champions will compete.

Admission is included in a daily EXPO ticket ($10 in advance, $15 at the door). Tickets are available at Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or

For more information, including schedules, locations and hours, visit


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