Basque pelota is a non-contact and a variation of racquet sport. Basque Pelota (pelota in Spanish, pilota in Basque and Catalan, or pelote in French) is known as the fastest sport in the world. It is played in several countries: in Spain and France, especially in the Basque Country and its neighbouring areas. It is also popular in Latin American countries such as Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Perú and Uruguay. The game is also operated as a gaming enterprise called Jai Alai in this part of the world, and it is seen in southern parts of the US.
The main objective of the sport is playing with one hand, a racket, a wooden bat or a basket against a wall, which is also called frontis or fronton.
This sport is usually played between two teams, with two players, and the court is separated by a line on the ground or a net.
The governing body, The International Federation of Basque Pelota, has created standard rules for different varieties into four modalities and fourteen disciplines. This includes fix weights of balls, and also fixed court sizes.
See these videos of Basque Pelota which shows the exceptional skills and physical demands required for this sport.
There is a Basque Pelota World Championship which is organized every year. France holds the most number of wins.share this page:
- A Basque pelota tournament was contested at the Olympic Games in 1900 in Paris.
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