JAI-ALAI : The fastest sport in the world is Basque (ENGLISH VERSION)

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Jai alai is a sport involving a ball bounced off a walled space by accelerating it to high speeds with a hand-held device (cesta).

It is a variation of Basque pelota.

The term, coined by Serafin Baroja in 1875, is also often loosely applied to the fronton (the open-walled playing area) where the sport is played. The game is called « zesta-punta » (basket tip) in Basque.

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(Vintage basket tips)

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The Basque Government promotes jai alai as « the fastest sport in the world » because of the ball speed.

The sport once held the world record for ball speed with a 125–140 g ball covered with goatskin that traveled at 302 km/h (188 mph), performed by José Ramón Areitio at the Newport Jai Alai, Rhode Island, until it was broken by Canadian 5-time long drive champion Jason Zuback on a 2007 episode of Sport Science with a golf ball speed of 328 km/h (204 mph).

Source : Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jai_alai

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Video produced in 1988 by Marty Fleischman for World Jai-Alai~~Watch the world’s fastest ballgame,see the beauty of the game,along with the grace,danger and excitement of the crowd.

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How to play Jai-Alai

http://www.jai-alai.info/how-to-play-jai-alai.html

Jai-Alai USA

http://jaialaiusafl.tripod.com/id73.html

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Jai-Alai Books 

In Florida, Jai-Alai inspired in 2014 the foundation of Jai-Alai Books.

The creators tell that the sport is very tied to Miami’s history.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/article/250132

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