Not held in other Games

Basque pelota at the 1900 Summer Olympics

Dates 14 – 21 June 1900
Medal Events 1
Non-medal Events 1

Pelota basque is not usually seen listed as an Olympic event in 1900, although Lennartz/Teutenberg did include it in their book. However, it meets all the criteria for inclusion on the Olympic program – amateurs, international competitors, and no restriction of entry.

There were two events contested, one for amateurs and one for professionals. Only the amateur event should be considered the Olympic competition. A third event was scheduled, and this was also for amateurs and would have been an Olympic event as well, except that there were no entrants. The third event was paume à main nués – game of the open palm, which sounds suspiciously like the American version of handball.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Two-Man Teams With Cesta, Men Olympic 14 June 1900 2 1
2 (2/0) 1 (1/0)

Non-medal events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Two-Man Teams With Cesta, Professional, Men Olympic (non-medal) 14 – 21 June 1900 6 2
6 (6/0) 2 (2/0)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Two-Man Teams With Cesta, Men SpainESP

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Spain ESP 1 0 0 1