In the early 19th century, the first checkers were created in London and the U.S. and, eventually, throughout the world.
The first formal international tournaments took place in New York City in 1884 and a later international competition took place at Paris in 1886.
At the end of the 20th century there were about 1,500 international checkers around the world, according to the International Checkers Association.
Checkers have been at the forefront of international sports for centuries.
At least seven countries have at least one team competing at the Olympics and a number of sports have national teams, including the U: baseball, basketball, tennis, rugby, soccer, volleyball, swimming and the US Open golf course.
The National Hockey League, too, has had a number (including the Pittsburgh Penguins) competing in the World Cup of Hockey, where they have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
And, according a report by USA Today, the National Basketball Association has played checkers at its championship game in Orlando in 2018.
In the 1960s, the NBA became a major international sports phenomenon with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Washington Bullets winning the championship in 1961.
The NFL was one of the first professional sports to have its own international team, the Los Angels.
There were also international tournaments at the 1964 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
The International Olympic Committee, or IOC, had its first international competition in the 1960 World Cup, where the United States won gold in 1960.
The U.K. won silver in 1970 and bronze in 1972.
In 1980, a third international competition was held at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain.
In 1987, the IOC had its second international competition, in Rio de Janeiro.
There have been many international tournaments held in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Brazil and other countries over the years.
Checkerboard in a classroom at the University of Toronto.
source Politico article