The world’s best pelota players in action

 

The best national teams will participate in the Basque Pelota World Championships Barcelona 2018 from 14 to 20 October 2018.

A total of 14 official competitions and more than 160 matches will be played at the iconic Vall d’Hebron Olympic frontons.

 

 

14 official competitions at stake

More that 300 players from 14 counties are set to compete in the four speciality groups scheduled to be played at the World Championships Barcelona 2018 in order to win the 14 official competitions en at stake:
Jai Alai, Bat-Paddle, Hand and Frontenis.

Basque Pelota World Championships

The first Basque Pelota World Championships were staged in San Sebastián in 1952 by the International Federation of Basque Pelota (FIPV). The first three editions of the tournament were held every three years and since 1962 the World Championships have been held every four years.

Teams classify to participate in the World Championships through the World Cup competitions of the FIPV’s various official specialities held prior to them.

1952  San Sebastián (Spain)
1955  Montevideo (Uruguay)
1958  Biarritz-Hossegor (France)
1962  Pamplona (Spain)
1966  Montevideo (Uruguay)
1970  San Sebastián (Spain)
1974  Montevideo (Uruguay)
1978  Bayonne/Biarritz (France)
1982  Mexico City (Mexico)

1986  Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)
1990  La Habana (Cuba)
1994  Saint Jean de Luz (France)
1998  Mexico City (Mexico)
2002  Pamplona (Spain)
2006  Mexico City (Mexico)
2010  Pau (France)
2014  Zinacantepec (Mexico)

1986  Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)
1990  La Habana (Cuba)
1994  Saint Jean de Luz (Francia)
1998  Mexico City (Mexico)
2002  Pamplona (Spain)
2006  Mexico City (México)
2010  Pau (France)
2014  Zinacantepec (Mexico)

Vall d’Hebron Olympic frontons, an iconic venue

 

Barcelona already has some magnificent sports facilities to stage this great international pelota event. The Vall d’Hebron frontons were built to house the pelota competition in the demonstration sports category for the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.

The venue has required some refurbishment to adapt it to current regulations in order to be able to host a sports event of this magnitude and the remodelling is part of the legacy that these World Championships will leave behind. The Vall d’Hebron Olympic Centre frontons will be the main venue to stage almost all of the competition events. While the Bac de Roda frontons will host some of the qualifying phase matches alongside those at Vall d’Hebron.

Organising Committee

In 2014, the promoter body of these World Championships, the International Federation of Basque Pelota (FIPV), named Barcelona as the host city for the 18th Basque Pelota World Championships in 2018. The Spanish Federation of Basque Pelota (FEP) then designated the Catalan Federation of Basque Pelota (FCP) to take charge of the event’s organisation.

The Organising Committee of the event comprises the following institutions:

       – Catalan Federation of Basque Pelota
       – Spanish Federation of Basque Pelota
       – Barcelona City Council – Barcelona Sports Institute
       – Government of Catalonia – Catalan Sports Council
       – Barcelona Provincial Council

The world’s best teams are set to meet in Barcelona

A total of 14 countries have secured a place at the 18th Basque Pelota World Championships 2018 thanks to the classifications they obtained during the World Cups of 2015-17.

SPAIN

Spain was proclaimed world runner-up in Zinacantepec, Mexico in 2014 with 13 medals (four golds, four silvers and five bronzes). In this edition, the Spanish team will participate in all 14 official competitions.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- F36M MANO DOUBLES
- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F36M PALA CORTA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS
- F54M CESTA PUNTA

FRANCE

The French national team will compete in these Championships to improve on the third place (11 medals: two golds, six silvers and three bronzes) it achieved at the last edition, held in Zinacantepec, Mexico in 2014. Together with Spain, France will compete in all 14 specialities that are to be disputed in this edition of the Championships.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- F36M MANO DOUBLES
- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F36M PALA CORTA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS
- F54M CESTA PUNTA

ARGENTINA

The Argentine team will be well represented at these Championships, given that it has already managed to classify its players in 10 of the official competitions. It has only missed out on the specialities of jai alai, 36m fronton mano doubles and the two trinquete mano competitions. 

Participating in:

- F36M MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F36M PALA CORTA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS

BOLIVIA

The barehanded pelota players of the Bolivian team have managed to qualify in the four competitions of this speciality group: trinquete mano singles and doubles and 36m fronton mano singles and doubles.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- F36M MANO DOUBLES

BRASIL

The Brazilian team has only qualified for the 36m fronton mano singles competition in this edition.

Participating in:

- F36M MANO SINGLES

CHILE

The Chilean team has classified for seven competitions in these Championships: trinquete paleta cuero, 30m fronton men’s and women’s paleta goma, trinquete men’s and women’s paleta goma and men’s and women’s frontenis.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS

 

CUBA

Cuba is a country with a long-standing pelota tradition and will be well represented at the World Championships in Barcelona, given that it has managed to qualify for 11 of the 14 competition specialities. The only ones in which it will not participate are: trinquete men’s and women’s paleta goma and trinquete paleta cuero. 

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- F36M MANO DOUBLES
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F36M PALA CORTA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS
- F54M CESTA PUNTA

EL SALVADOR

The team from El Salvador will also be in Barcelona to participate in two competitions of these Championships: men’s frontenis and 30m fronton men’s paleta goma.

Participating in:

- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M MEN'S PALETA GOMA

GUATEMALA

The team from Guatemala will also be in Barcelona to compete in a competition in these Championships: men’s paleta goma.

Participating in:

- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA

ITALY

The Italian team has again classified for the men’s rubber paddle competition and will hope to improve on it fourth position at the last edition of the Championships.

Participating in:

- F30M MEN’S PALETA DE GOMA

MEXICO

The new champion at the last World Championships in Zinacantepec, Mexico in 2014, with six golds, two silvers and three bronzes. Mexico will participate in 12 of the 14 official competitions in this edition. It only missed out on the speciality of pala corta.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- F36M MANO DOUBLES
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS
- F54M CESTA PUNTA

PERU

The pelota players on the Peruvian team will participate in both the 30m fronton men’s and women’s paleta goma competitions.

Participating in:

- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA

URUGUAY

Uruguay has qualified for nine official competitions. In the hand pelota speciality group, it only missed out on the 36m fronton doubles competition. The team will also compete in the competitions of trinquete paleta cuero, trinquete men’s and women’s paleta goma and the 30m fronton men’s and women’s paleta goma.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA

USA

The USA has classified for five specialities: 36m fronton and trinquete mano doubles and paleta cuero, 30m fronton men’s paleta goma and men’s frontenis.

Participating in:

- F36M MANO DOUBLES
- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN'S FRONTENIS

Four specialities
plus 160 matches

The Basque Pelota World Championships will schedule a total of
14 official competitions within a total of four specialities.

TABLE OF SPECIALITIES BY MODALITY

The world’s best pelota players in action

 

The best national teams will participate in the Basque Pelota World Championships Barcelona 2018 from 14 to 20 October 2018.

A total of 14 official competitions and more than 160 matches will be played at the iconic Vall d’Hebron Olympic frontons.

 

14 official comptetions at stake

More than 300 players from 14 countries are set to compete in the four speciality groups scheduled to be played at the World Championships Barcelona 2018 in order to win the 14 official competitions at stake: Jai Alai, Bat-Paddle, Hand and Frontenis.

Basque Pelota World Championship

The first Basque Pelota World Championships were staged in San Sebastián in 1952 by the International Federation of Basque Pelota (FIPV). The first three editions of the tournament were held every three years and since 1962 the World Championships have been held every four years.

Teams classify to participate in the World Championships through the World Cup competitions of the FIPV’s various official specialities held prior to them.

 

1952  San Sebastián (Spain)
1955  Montevideo (Uruguay)
1958  Biarritz-Hossegor (France)
1962  Pamplona (Spain)
1966  Montevideo (Uruguay)
1970  San Sebastián (Spain)
1974  Montevideo (Uruguay)
1978  Bayonne/Biarritz (France)
1982  Mexico City (Mexico)

1986  Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)
1990  La Habana (Cuba)
1994  Saint Jean de Luz (France)
1998  Mexico City (Mexico)
2002  Pamplona (Spain)
2006  Mexico City (Mexico)
2010  Pau (France)
2014  Zinacantepec (Mexico)

Vall d’hebron Olympic frontons, an iconic venue

 

Barcelona already has some magnificent sports facilities to stage this great international pelota event. The Vall d’Hebron frontons were built to house the pelota competition in the demonstration sports category for the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.

The venue has required some refurbishment to adapt it to current regulations in order to be able to host a sports event of this magnitude and the remodelling is part of the legacy that these World Championships will leave behind. The Vall d’Hebron Olympic Centre frontons will be the main venue to stage almost all of the competition events. While the Bac de Roda frontons will host some of the qualifying phase matches alongside those at Vall d’Hebron.

Organising Committee

In 2014, the promoter body of these World Championships, the International Federation of Basque Pelota (FIPV), named Barcelona as the host city for the 18th Basque Pelota World Championships in 2018. The Spanish Federation of Basque Pelota (FEP) then designated the Catalan Federation of Basque Pelota (FCP) to take charge of the event’s organisation.

The Organising Committee of the event comprises the following institutions:

Catalan Federation of Basque Pelota
Spanish Federation of Basque Pelota
Barcelona City Council – Barcelona Sports Institute
Government of Catalonia – Catalan Sports Council
Barcelona Provincial Council

The world’s best teams are set to meet in Barcelona

A total of 14 countries have secured a place at the 18th Basque Pelota World Championships 2018 thanks to the classifications they obtained during the World Cups of 2015-17.

SPAIN

Spain was proclaimed world runner-up in Zinacantepec, Mexico in 2014 with 13 medals (four golds, four silvers and five bronzes). In this edition, the Spanish team will participate in all 14 official competitions.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- F36M MANO DOUBLES
- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F36M PALA CORTA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS
- F54M CESTA PUNTA

FRANCE

The French national team will compete in these Championships to improve on the third place (11 medals: two golds, six silvers and three bronzes) it achieved at the last edition, held in Zinacantepec, Mexico in 2014. Together with Spain, France will compete in all 14 specialities that are to be disputed in this edition of the Championships.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- F36M MANO DOUBLES
- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA DE GOMA
- F36M PALA CORTA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS
- F54M CESTA PUNTA

ARGENTINA

The Argentine team will be well represented at these Championships, given that it has already managed to classify its players in 10 of the official competitions. It has only missed out on the specialities of jai alai, 36m fronton mano doubles and the two trinquete mano competitions. 

Participating in:

- F36M MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F36M PALA CORTA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS

BOLIVIA

The barehanded pelota players of the Bolivian team have managed to qualify in the four competitions of this speciality group: trinquete mano singles and doubles and 36m fronton mano singles and doubles.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- F36M MANO DOUBLES

BRASIL

The Brazilian team has only qualified for the 36m fronton mano singles competition in this edition.

Participating in:

- F36M MANO SINGLES

CHILE

The Chilean team has classified for seven competitions in these Championships: trinquete paleta cuero, 30m fronton men’s and women’s paleta goma, trinquete men’s and women’s paleta goma and men’s and women’s frontenis.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS

 

CUBA

Cuba is a country with a long-standing pelota tradition and will be well represented at the World Championships in Barcelona, given that it has managed to qualify for 11 of the 14 competition specialities. The only ones in which it will not participate are: trinquete men’s and women’s paleta goma and trinquete paleta cuero. 

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- F36M MANO DOUBLES
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F36M PALA CORTA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS
- F54M CESTA PUNTA

EL SALVADOR

The team from El Salvador will also be in Barcelona to participate in two competitions of these Championships: men’s frontenis and 30m fronton men’s paleta goma.

Participating in:

- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M MEN'S PALETA GOMA

GUATEMALA

The team from Guatemala will also be in Barcelona to compete in a competition in these Championships: men’s paleta goma.

Participating in:

- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA

 

ITALY

The Italian team has again classified for the men’s rubber paddle competition and will hope to improve on it fourth position at the last edition of the Championships.

Participating in:

- F30M MEN’S PALETA DE GOMA

MEXICO

The new champion at the last World Championships in Zinacantepec, Mexico in 2014, with six golds, two silvers and three bronzes. Mexico will participate in 12 of the 14 official competitions in this edition. It only missed out on the speciality of pala corta.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- F36M MANO DOUBLES
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS
- F54M CESTA PUNTA

MEXICO

The new champion at the last World Championships in Zinacantepec, Mexico in 2014, with six golds, two silvers and three bronzes. Mexico will participate in 12 of the 14 official competitions in this edition. It only missed out on the speciality of pala corta.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- F36M MANO DOUBLES
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S FRONTENIS
- F30M WOMEN’S FRONTENIS
- F54M CESTA PUNTA

URUGUAY

Uruguay has qualified for nine official competitions. In the hand pelota speciality group, it only missed out on the 36m fronton doubles competition. The team will also compete in the competitions of trinquete paleta cuero, trinquete men’s and women’s paleta goma and the 30m fronton men’s and women’s paleta goma.

Participating in:

- TRINQUETE MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE MANO DOUBLES
- F36M MANO SINGLES
- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- TRINQUETE WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA
- TRINQUETE MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M WOMEN’S PALETA GOMA

USA

The USA has classified for five specialities: 36m fronton and trinquete mano doubles and paleta cuero, 30m fronton men’s paleta goma and men’s frontenis.

Participating in:

- F36M MANO DOUBLES
- TRINQUETE PALETA CUERO
- F36M PALETA CUERO
- F30M MEN’S PALETA GOMA
- F30M MEN'S FRONTENIS

Four specialities plus 160 matches.

The Basque Pelota World Championships will schedule a total of 14 official competitions with in a total of four specialities.

TABLE OF SPECIALITIES BY MODALITY

Organisation

Promoter institutions

Institutional partner

Institutional collaborators

Basque Pelota World Championships 2018