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"They have podracing on Malastare. Very fast, very dangerous."
―Qui-Gon Jinn[src]
Podrace

Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba race in the Boonta Eve Classic.

Podracing was a dangerous racing sport on planets such as Malastare, Kergans, Theron, Cantonica, and Tatooine. Racers could perform multiple laps on a particular race track, moving at dangerous and, at times, deadly speeds. The races were performed using craft known as Podracers or pods, which were small, one-man craft propelled by large engines.[1] Races could then be projected in entertainment establishments throughout the galaxy.[2]

Podracing was a sport generally partaken in by aliens. Due to that fact, the slave Anakin Skywalker believed himself to be the only human capable of podracing.[1] In 32 BBY,[3] he was the only member of the species who participated in those races around the Mos Espa region.[1] During the Galactic Civil War, by the time of the skirmish on Hradreek, rumors of humans winning were heard of in the Outer Rim systems.[4]

During the Trade Federation Invasion of Naboo, Anakin Skywalker won the Boonta Eve Classic on Tatooine, securing his freedom from a life of slavery. Betting on the races was a popular pastime with many of the watchers on Tatooine, and it was through Qui-Gon Jinn's bet with Watto, a bet that Skywalker would win the race, that Skywalker was freed.[1]

The planet Ankhural formerly had a podracing track, but it was abandoned. Shortly after the Battle of Hoth, the Sixty-First Mobile Infantry hid from the Galactic Empire there.[5]

In the Anoat sector, during the Iron Blockade, the Ivax Syndicate oversaw Podracing and other activities.[6]

Podracing was outlawed by the New Republic due to its dangerous nature. Despite this, the sport was still practiced on certain remote worlds such as Batuu.[7]

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