ⓘ Balonpesado. The balonpesado is a team sport, devised for both open field as closed, in which two sets of five players each try to score goals within circles dr ..

                                     

ⓘ Balonpesado

The balonpesado is a team sport, devised for both open field as closed, in which two sets of five players each try to score goals within circles drawn on the ground of each end of the field. It remains as the only team sport which is indigenous to Colombia.

                                     

1. History

The balonpesado, initially called Balon Mano Pesado" Heavy Handball in English, was created on March 27, 1973 in Colombia, at the seaport of Buenaventura by Roberto Lozano Batalla, a physical education teacher who worked at the time at the Industrial & Technical Institute Gerardo Valencia Cano. In 1974 the balonpesado was officially recognised by Coldeportes. To date of 2016, its practice has been extended by more than 24 departments and 19 countries all over the globe, moreover several international meetings have been presented with guest countries such as the United States, Mexico, Germany, Cuba, Israel, Chile, USS Mexico, Alemania, Cuba, Israel, Chile, Union Sovietica, Francia, Bulgaria, entre otros.