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Games played with curved sticks and a ball have been found throughout history. 4,000-year-old drawings found in the Beni-Hasan tombs, in the Nile Valley, Egypt depicted men playing the sport. Other traces show that the Persians, the Romans a version called paganica, the Ethiopians, as well as the Aztecs were playing their own variation of the game. The first evidence of a team game was found on bases of statues that were part of the wall built by Themistocles in 478 BC. Six men are carrying hooked sticks, two of which are opposing each other over a ball in what looks like the bully that starts modern games. The word "hockey" was first recorded in 1363 by Edward III of England.
Hockey commonly known as Field Hockey in USA is played on gravel, sand based or water-based artificial turf, natural grass, with a hard ball. The game is popular among both males and females in many parts of the world, particularly in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In most countries, the game is played between single-sex sides, although they can be mixed-sex.
Modern field hockey sticks are J-shaped and constructed of a composite of wood, glass fibre or carbon fibre sometimes both and have a curved hook at the playing end, a flat surface on the playing side and curved surface on the rear side. While current field hockey appeared in the mid-18th century in England, primarily in schools, it was not until the first half of the 19th century that it became firmly established. The first club was created in 1849 at Blackheath in south-east London. Field Hockey is the national sport of India and Pakistan.
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