SZ reports about a croquet-like game called Gateball. Originally invented in 1947 by Eiji Suzuki as a simple game for poor kids, Gateball has become very famous amongst elderly Japanese nowadays. There are about 8 Million Gateball players in the world whereof 6 Million play in Japan.

Tactics, cleverness and team spirit are more important than strength and endurance which make it easily approachable for elderly people. The World Gateball Union sees Gateball as “a source of lifetime enjoyment for the elderly”.

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