World Sports include the Asian Sports of Polo (Iran), Kabaddi (India), Sepak Takraw (South East Asia), Cuju (China), Kemari (Japan); Oceanian Sports of Polocrosse (Northern Territories, Australia), Marn Grook (Australian Aboriginal), Road Tennis (Barbados); African Sports of Ringball (South Africa) and Chandimu (Tanzania); South American Sports of Cestoball (Argentina) and Chaco South American Indian Hockey; Central American Sports of Ulama (Mexico – Aztec), Pok-ta-Pok (Guatemala, Belize and Honduras – Maya); North American Sports of Stickball (Oklahoma – Choctaw) and Ringette (Canada)
Oceanian sports included here are those of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Atlantic Islands, Indian Ocean, Caribbean and Arctic (Greenland and Canadian Arctic)
Road Tennis (Barbados)
Professional Road Tennis Association
Australian Aboriginal: Marn Grook
Polocrosse is a version of Lacrosse played on Horseback. It was invented in Northern Australia in the 1970s and the first World Cup was played in 2003.
Polo originated in Iran and was introduced to Britain and Ireland by the British Army after it was discovered there.
Polo (Iran – Central Asia)
FIP European Championships: 2016
Kabaddi is an Indian Tag Game, popular throughout South Asia, whereby a team has to tag players on the opposing team and get back to their own base without being tagged in turn in the time it takes to hold their breath. In order to ensure the players are holding their breath they have to repeat “Kabaddi” over and over again.
Picture Credit: Mohd Nasirruddin Yazid
Sepak Takraw is a version of Volleyball played with every part of the body except the arms and is Native to Malaysia and Thailand, both of whom claim to have invented it and where the game is a National Sport. It is popular throughout South East and East Asia.
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Kemari is an ancient Keepie-Uppie Version of Football from Japan.
Hanetsuki is a traditional Japanese form of Badminton.
Hanetsuki (Japanese Badminton)
Kemari (Japanese Football)
Cuju is an ancient Keepie-Uppie Version of Football from China.
Cuju (Chinese Football)
African Sports include Ringball, a South African version of Basketball.
Chandimu is an African Street Football sport.
North American Sports
North American World Sports are Cowboy Polo, invented in New Mexico and now played only in Montana; and Ringette, a non-contact form of Ice Hockey popular in Canada, which utilises a straight stick which is used to guide a hoop around the ice and into a goal. Players use sponges on their feet rather than Ice Skates. Native North American Sports include Choctaw Stickball
Native American Sports include Stickball, a Choctaw game in Oklahoma.
Ulama (as known to the Mexica (Aztecs) or Pok-ta-Pok (as known to the Maya) is a Native Mexican and Central American Sports using a rubber ball and the hips. It is played in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Road Tennis is the National Sport of Barbados.
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By Leon Rafael
Ulama is the ancient sport of the Native Aztec (Mexica) and Maya of Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras). It is played with the hips, with two teams trying to propel the ball past the opposing team and has been played since 1400 BC. It is known as “Pok Ta Pok” to the Maya and “Ulama” to the Mexica.
The Juego de Pelota Mesoamerican Ulamaztli Championship is an Annual Regional Competition in Teotihuacan, Mexico City, the seat of the ancient religious / ritual centre, and where the most impressive ancient Ball Court is to be seen.
The Ulama Mesoamerican Ball Game Tournament is the Annual World Cup basically, bringing together teams from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.
Mesoamerican Ulama Pok-ta-Pok
Ulama Mesoamerican Ball Game Tournament (Ulama World Cup)
Juego de Pelota Mesoamerican Ulamaztli Championship (Teotihuacan, Mexico)
Juego de Pelota Championship (seasons):
Ancient Mesoamerican Ball Game
South American Sports
South American Sports
Cestoball is a version of Basketball Native to Argentina. The Liga Nacional A is the Top Men’s Division in the country.
Chaco Indian Hockey