First basketball competition was played in the demonstration
Olympics in 1904. However, this competition was entirely U.S.
teams. The first international Olympics basketball tournament was
held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany.
It was included in 1904 but was not officially played until
1936. Men's basketball has been played every summer since 1936
whereas women's basketball made its first appearance in the Summer
Olympics in 1976.
There is evidence that basketball was played in Australia as far
back as 1905, but known one really knows for sure when it was first
introduced there. In 1956, the Australian men's basketball team
competed in the Olympics for the first time during the Olympic
Games at Melbourne.
Basketball is played just about everywhere in the world,
including in over 200 countries. Basketball is played in
elementary, middle, and high schools; in the NBA, the WNBA, college
basketball, over in Europe, and just about everywhere, including