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PELOTA
Pelota or jai-alai, a very fast relative of squash, was a demonstration sport at the Olympic games of 1924, 1968 and in Barcelona in 1992, but was not on the programme at Atlanta four years later.The cradle of pelota is the Basque country of France and Spain, and is also played in several Latin American countries, but is little known elsewhere.Many different forms of the sport exist: pala and paleta, which are played using sorts of bats, either indoors (trinket) or in a three sided outdoor court (fronton) on a left hand wall and in free position.Forms are also played with the bare hand, the large cesta or chistera (the wicker basket or 'glove' used for propelling the ball or pelota) as well as Joko Garbi (with the small cesta)The most popular form is Cesta Punta which came from South America and is played with a large cesta. This is the sport that was demonstrated at the games.Finally, rebot, the most difficult form of pelota according the Basques, who invented it, is played in free position like tennis, but without a net.
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