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Relives the “pelota”. The ancestor of football is the pride of the Maya

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Perhaps the rediscovered pride also has something to do with it, that spirit of vindication that has taken hold among the peoples of Central America coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the invasion of conquerors. Among the “abuses committed during colonial domination”, forcefully denounced six months ago by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, there was – not the worst but certainly significant – also the prohibition by the Spaniards of the game of Mayan pelota, known in the local language also like Pok Ta Pok.

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