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  A federation of organizations to sustain BASQUE culture


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KIROLAK: Traditional Basque sports

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In the Basque country today modern sport is actively engaged in; there are teams and leagues for soccer, basketball, swimming, etc.  This page, however, focuses on traditional Basque sports because they are both distinctive and are what most spectators at a Basque-American event are likely to see.  With the notable exception of pilota (Basque handball), most traditional Basque sports originated as forms of work that were turned into contests.  Based in an agrarian culture, the weight-lifting and wood chopping, for example, were everyday work tasks that competitive Basques converted into matches.  These sports test not only speed and skill but endurance as well.  Then there were also less strenuous contests including the Basque version of bowling.  Below are some of these varied Basque traditional sports.


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estropadak.jpg (43544 bytes)
gizonprobaa.jpg (44779 bytes)  
Gizon probak-Weight dragging
idiproba.jpg (39602 bytes)  
Idi probak-Oxen pull
korrikaa.jpg (46009 bytes)  
Korrika-foot racing
koskola.jpg (26681 bytes)
harrijasozalea.jpg (29610 bytes)
sokatira.jpg (53421 bytes)
eskupilota.jpg (41306 bytes)
handball. Click here to go the Basque Government's website on this topic


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