Basque Pelota World Championships
|France (7th title)|
The Basque Pelota World Championships is a quadrennial tournament first organized in 1952 by the International Federation of Basque Pelota. The modern championships crowns the best amateur players in fifteen different playing categories.
The first edition of the tournament was organized in 1952, and until 1958 was played every three years. The tournament has occurred every four years since then. No third place titles were awarded during the first five editions of the tournament. Additionally, the number of disciplines disputed at each tournament has varied depending on the edition, and has even included disciplines played on the Plaza Libre in the editions of 1952 and 1958. Until the edition of 1990 no women's categories were disputed in the championships. A single women's discipline was added in 1990 (Paleta goma - Trinquete), then another one in 1994 (Frontenis), and finally a third one in 2014 (Paleta goma - Fronton 30 m) bringing the total number of disputed categories to fifteen.
Trinquete, 6 events:
Fronton (30 m), 4 events:
Fronton (36 m), 4 events:
Fronton (54 m), 1 event:
|Year||Host City and Country||Best Performing Nations||Number of Participating Nations|
|1952||San Sebastián, Spain||France||Spain||Argentina||8|
|1970||San Sebastián, Spain||Spain||France||Argentina||5+|
|1982||Mexico City, Mexico||France||Argentina||Spain||9+|
|1998||Mexico City, Mexico||Spain||Mexico||Argentina||10+|
|2006||Mexico City, Mexico||Mexico||Spain||France||18|
Nations finishing in top four
|Nation||First place||Second place||Third place||Fourth place||Total|
- This table includes all modalities, including those being played in Plaza Libre in 1952 and 1958.
- No bronze medals were disputed from 1952 to 1966.
List of hosts
List of hosts by number of championships hosted.
|6||Spain||1952, 1962, 1970, 1986, 2002, 2018|
|5||France||1958, 1978, 1994, 2010, (2022)|
|4||Mexico||1982, 1998, 2006, 2014|
|3||Uruguay||1955, 1966, 1974|
- Javier Solano (November 2004). "Historia de los Mundiales" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- Paloma (August 2015). "XVII Campeonato del Mundo de Pelota • Zinacantepec 2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 September 2016.