Basque Pelota Olympic Demonstration Sport

Basque pelota, known as the fastest sport in the world, was played as demonstration sport in the 1924 (men only), 1968 (men only) and 1992 (men and women) Games. A Basque pelota tournament was also contested as an official sport at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games. See more about this tournament.

In 1924, a court was built at the Porte de Billancourt for the Basque pelota events. The only participants were teams from France and Spain. There were two events, Hand-pelota and Basket-pelota.

In 1968, the events were Basket-pelota, Paleta-rubber Paleta-leather, Frontenis and Hand-pelota.

Basque Pelota Demonstration at the 1924 Olympic Games Basque Pelota Demonstration at the 1924 Olympic Games.
from: The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Paris 1924

In 1992, the events included Basket-pelota (54m) men's and women's Frontenis (30m), F, Hand-pelota doubles (Trinquet), Paleta-leather (Trinquet), Paleta-rubber (Trinquet), Hand-pelota singles (36m) Hand-pelota doubles (36m), Paleta-leather (36m) and Short bat (36m).


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