Basketball was invented in December 1891 by the Canadian clergyman, educator, and physician James Naismith. Naismith introduced the game when we was an instructor at the Young Men's Christian Association Training School (now Springfield College) in Springfield, Massachusetts. he organized a vigorous recreation suitable for indoor winter play. The game involved elements of American football, soccer, and hockey, and the first ball used was a soccer ball. Teams had nine players, and the goals were wooden peach baskets affixed to the walls. By 1897-1898, teams of five became standard. The game rapidly spread nationwide and to Canada and other parts of the world, played by both women and men; it also became a popular informal outdoor game. In 1909 there was the first international match in Saint Petersburg: Mayak Saint Petersburg beat a YMCA American team of basketball.
Basketball was first showcased in the 1936 Olympic in Berlin, Germany. 2012 London Olympic will witness one of the world’s most popular team sports being played at the Basketball Arena and North Greenwich Arena. Olympic Basketball competition will be held from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August, 2012. Basketball fans grab your Olympic Basketball Tickets from Sport Ticket Exchange.