GYM RACKET HISTORY
Gym Racket is a racket sport that has been played in Italy for many years. It has been recognized as a part of the IFBT (International Federation Beach Tennis) since 1997. Gym Racket sport is played on indoor or outdoor surfaces. The playing surface can be wood, cement, porous concrete, carpet, synthetic or natural grass, or any other material on which court is constructed.
It is an ideal activity to practice in sports centers, public spaces, and also within the school environment.
It is usually played in doubles, and players are placed in opposite sides of the court. The goal is to pass the ball hit by a racket over the net to the opposite side. The opponent will try to return the ball without touching the ground, only making volleys. The team that hits the ball two times will lose the point in play become it is not permitted to pass the ball between them. The shots must be clean and the ball can’t be stopped, fastened, or held while, it is in play.
INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION OF THE GYM RACKET
The Gym Racket has been recognized as a new sport in Catalonia. This recognition for first time opens the possibility that other governments in the world recognize it as a new sport, and create federations of Gym Racket in other countries.
TRANSITION IFBT vs IFGR
The IFBT had recognized this sport as a sport within the beach tennis environment.
In the congress held in June 2018, the IFBT decided to create the new International Federation of Gym Racket independent of the Beach Tennis Federation.
This gives full autonomy to the IFGR for the maximum development.
CREATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL GYM RACKET FEDERATION
The International Federation of Gym Racket Association, has been created under the laws of Catalonia – Spain, and registered in the Register of Associations of the Department of Justice in the Government of Catalonia – Spain.
It is also registered in the Register of Sports Entities.