World’s Wackiest Sports
We all love watching a great game of cricket, some of us prefer football, hockey or perhaps tennis. With most people, that’s as far as our knowledge of big sporting events goes.
But if you dig a little deeper, there’s a whole plethora of wacky and intriguing sports events that will make you do a double take; when you realise that there are people on this planet who actually take these sports seriously.
Let's takes a peek at some of the weirdest sports from around the globe.
Hurling: Hurling comes from Ireland. The easiest way to explain it is probably a cross between field hockey and rugby - on steroids. Players use an axe-like stick called a hurley, to smack a tiny hard ball. Sometimes at a goal, but mostly at each other’s faces. Though players can wear helmets, most choose not to. Who needs helmets when your head’s hard enough?
This sport is often used as evidence by non-Irish to prove the complete and utter insanity of Irishmen.
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Chess boxing: The name chess boxing is pretty self-explanatory. Competitors alternate between 4 minute rounds of chess and boxing, and a win comes from either a knockout or a check-mate.
Have you noticed the innate flaw in these rules? All a boxer has to do is kill time and hold his opponent off for 4 minutes in the opening chess round, and then pound him to pulp in the following boxing round. No high-level chess skills necessary! So really, it’s boxing… with longer breaks between rounds!
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Bun-climbing: This event takes place at the finale of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival in Hong Kong. 50 foot tall structures of bamboo and steel framework are covered in steamed buns. Athletes race to the top grabbing as many of those sweet, hot buns as they can along the way.
An actual letter written to the Olympic Committee pleading for the inclusion of this sport in the Olympics stated, “We Hong Kong people here love buns. Buns of all sorts. Dear friend, it is important to snatch buns.”
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Wife-carrying: This sport originated in Finland, and the objective is for the gentleman to carry his wife through a special obstacle track in the fastest time, presumably while she nags him about leaving the toilet seat up.
A dropped wife incurs a 15 second penalty added to your time (and a week of sleeping on the couch). The wife can be your own, or someone else’s - the rules aren’t too clear on that bit. What’s clear though, is the grand prize - the wife's weight in beer.
These are just a few of the wackiest sports around the world that we found. We’re sure if you do a little digging around of your own, you’ll find a sport you can really throw yourself into! Literally speaking!
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Article By: Viren Fernandes