Maya Ball Game Kept Alive by National Tournament
A team from the Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, won Mexico’s first national Maya ball game tournament held this past week at the Kukulcan Sports Complex in Mérida, Yucatán. They will be representing Mexico against teams from Belize and Guatemala at the first international tournament of “Pok Ta Pok” in September.
An estimated 500 Mexicans practice the Maya ball game. A close variation named “Ulama” is popular in the Northern state of Sinaloa, where many traveled from to participate in last week’s tournament.