Can Pickleball Become an Olympic Sport in 2024 or 2028? Let's Find Out!
Pickleball is not an Olympic sport at the moment. This could change for the 2024 Paris Olympics or the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, though a status change for 2024 is a stretch.
How do sports qualify to be an Olympic Sport?
A sport must be played in 75 countries across four continents for men's competition and 40 countries on three continents for women's competition to be recognized by the IOC, the governing body of the Olympic Games, and the people who draft the Olympic requirements.
What is Pickleball?
Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis into a fast-paced, paddle sport. On a doubles court with a 1.5 to 2.5 meter high center net, the game is played. It is a two-on-two match, with each team containing two players. They can score points by hitting and getting the ball past the opponent's player and into their court by taking turns serving. The goal of the game is to avoid letting the ball touch the ground as much as possible.
A perforated plastic ball, similar to a tennis ball and a wiffleball, is required to play the game. Indoor and outdoor facilities, colleges, and parks are just some of the places where pickleball can be played.
The sport was created in 1965 near the city of Seattle, by "three dads ... whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities", Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum, according to USA Pickleball.
A Quick Rules Primer
There is some resemblance to tennis in terms of the service and volleying exchanges. It differs with the implementation of the two-bounce rule and the non-volley zone. If you want to know how to play Pickleball, USA Pickleball helps you learn the official rules of the game. A point is awarded when the ball cannot be returned to the other side. First to 11 wins. However, you must win by 2.