Croquet is an outdoor game normally practiced on grass and occasionally on artificial turf. The game consists of pushing balls through hoops by using mallets. There are many versions of the rules of the game from two to eight players, and three, six to ten hoops, with or without "bell" at the center of the lawn. We can play in teams or individually. Currently we play since 1994 on the lawns near the Lake of Genval.
Croquet was extremely popular during the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century and is still practiced today mainly in the UK, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand, the United States. There are 30 international croquet federations. Belgium has its own federation.
Croquet has been expanding fast across Europe in the last 20 years and nowadays we play in Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Russia, Latvia, Spain ... and soon in the Netherlands.
However, it was present at the Olympic Summer Games in 1900. Croquet is the first event in the history of the modern Olympic Games where women took part.
The idea is to include Croquet at the World Games in Poland in 2017.