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Hockey is the oldest known ball and stick game: records exist of it being played in Persia in 2000 BC.

The name “hockey” probably derives from the French “hocquet”, or shepherd’s crook, and refers to the crooked stick which is used to hit a small ball.

The current men's fistball World Champion is Germany, winners of both the 2011 World Championships and the fistball category at the 2013 World Games.

When exactly the game of fistball was "invented", is not known.

What is certain, however, is that the roots lie in the southern part of Europe, perhaps in Italy.

The earliest known written mention of the game is by Roman Emperor Gordian III and dates to the year 240.

Women made their entrance in this sport in 1980 at the Moscow Games.During this time the sport spread to the surrounding, mainly German-speaking, neighboring countries, and German emigrants also spread the sport in all continents, particularly in South America and West Africa.Fistball was first introduced to the United States in 1911 by high school teacher Christopher Carlton who had experienced it first hand on a summer vacation to Italy.Since the 2000 Games in Sydney, men have competed in a 12-team tournament and women in a 10-team one.In its 100 years of Olympic existence, hockey has been essentially dominated by one country.

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