Tejo (sport)

Tejo (Sport)

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Tejo is a traditional sport in Colombia. The sport originated by the Chibcha people from pre-hispanic central-western Colombia. It is played by throwing a metal plate or disc, named tejo, weighing about 2 kg at a target so as to make it strike the "mechas" (folded paper triangles filled with gunpowder) located in cardinal points around the "bocín" a steel cylinder in the middle of the target that is an inclined bed of clay. Players make a "bocín" by making the tejo fit without wobbling inside the cylinder also filled with clay; optionally the player can hit the "mecha" which explodes by the action of the gunpowder, or make a "moñona" which is a combination of "bocín" and "mecha" hits in one trow. Each one of this hits awards different amounts of points depending the context of the game: being it professional competition that have more stringent point systems or recreational context in which people play different point variations of the game usually betting the bill of the tejo arena which includes; the use of the arena, beverages and food of every participant in a particular match.


In June 2000, tejo, the modern version of the indigenous "Turmequé", was declared a national sport of Colombia by the Congress of the Republic. The ancient sport was played over 500 years ago by the indigenous groups that lived in the regions of Cundinamarca and Boyacá.

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