Mexico’s team won big in this year’s Pok Ta Pok World Cup hosted by the previous champion, Belize.
Mexico Black defeated the Belizean K’innich Ajaw squad 54-46 in the championship’s final game.
The score came as a major upset as Belize had won the tournament three championships in a row, only to lose the final at home.
In the first-ever Women’s Pok Ta Pok World Cup, the Guatemalan team I’xk’at achieved victory in the finals after defeating El Salvador’s Kuskatán.
The World Cup attracted 18 teams from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Mexico, and the United States.
The next tournament will take place in 2025, as the World Cup takes place every two years.
Тhе Роk Та Роk Wоrld Сuр іѕ оrgаnіzеd bу thе Сеntrаl Аmеrісаn аnd Саrіbbеаn Аnсеѕtrаl Мауаn Ваllgаmе Аѕѕосіаtіоn.
Pok Ta Pok, also known as the Mesoamerican ball game, traces its origins to ancient Mesoamerica. During the match, players struck the ball with their hips through an elevated stone hoop.
In some places, ritual sacrifice was a component of the ceremony, with war captives being the most common victims. But you won’t see any of that at the World Cup.
The ballgame goes by several different names depending on the region, with the Maya of the Yucatán referring to it as Pok Ta Pok, while in central Mexico, it is known as tlachtli, and ulama in Sinaloa.
Mesoamerican ballcourts vary significantly in their configuration, with no standard design or size. The origins of the games stretch back as far as the 16th century BCE in tropical regions such as the Yucatán and Chiapas.
In recent decades, the Mesoamerican ballgame has become a tourist spectacle across much of Mexico, with exhibitions staged at theme parks like Xcaret and, notably, in Mérida on Saturdays at 8 p.m. across from the city’s cathedral. Shows are free.