Truth be told, most of us Indians are not exactly stout-hearted when it comes to daredevilry and adventure sports. In fact, most perceive ‘Kabaddi’ as the most dangerous form of sport. However, even the most hardcore Kabaddi players will balk at any one of the insane, and at times, unbelievable sports mentioned below. Take note, this article is not for the faint-hearted, let alone for those who do not keep an open mind.
We present to you a list of the world’s 10 most insane sports that have proper rules, regulations, and in some cases, even a league.
When a sport is a combination of football, hockey, lacrosse and rugby, there’s little need to mention how dangerous it is. Hurling is a sport that originated (and is played almost exclusively) in Ireland, with league finals watched by over 80,000 people.
Each team has 15 players, whose primary aim is getting the ball into the net. If the ball is in the air, they can use their hands to catch it, but if it is in the ground, it must be picked up by their sticks. The game is played at frightening speeds and the ball can travel at 120–130 MPH.
Eukonkanto, which is Finnish for “wife carrying,” is an actual sport in Finland that originated as a joke (a bad one, obviously). The rules are simple: a gentleman has to carry his wife on his back as he races through a specially designed obstacle course, perhaps while also listening to his wife’s incessant abuse throughout.
Although most players use the “Estonian Carry” style—the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the husband's shoulders, holding onto his waist—traditional styles such as the piggyback and fireman’s carry can also be used. The highlight of the game is undeniably the prize money: the winner’s wife’s weight in beer, which we can only guess the unfortunate wife uses to drown her humiliation.
Probably, the most acrobatic sport on this list, Sepak Takraw originated in Malaysia and is played in a badminton-court-sized arena, with two teams of three on either side of a five-foot net. Similar to volleyball, the game involves playing the ball to your opponent on the other side of the net, without letting it drop in to your side of the court.
The catch here is that players can only touch the ball once before it goes over the net, and they’re not allowed to touch the ball with their hands. We presume that anyone with the skills to play this sport would do better off working as a stunt double for the next Jackie Chan movie.
Known by the people of the Basque region (where this game originated) as “the fastest sport on Earth,” a game of Jai-Alai is played in an open-walled arena by hurling a rock-hard ball against a wall in excess of 180 miles an hour. The force endured by the ball is so intense that it has to be changed every 15 minutes before the skin around it starts to tear.
Players lose a point if the ball is dropped, missed, or thrown out of bounds. Unfortunately, no rule exists for a scenario when a ball is smashed against an opponent’s face; we hope it at the very least knocks some sense into them.
Probably the most level-headed game on this list, chess boxing is a hybrid sport that combines chess with boxing in alternating rounds. The game is said to have originated from an image of two boxers at a chessboard made in the late seventies at a boxing club in South London, but achieved mainstream popularity in 1979, after the release of the Hong Kong martial arts film “Mystery of Chessboxing.”
One round of chess boxing includes six rounds of chess (rules of fast chess), punctuated by five rounds of boxing, with a one minute break between each round, during which competitors can change gears. A competitor may win the match during a boxing round by knockout or a technical stoppage or during a chess round by achieving a checkmate.
Royal Shrovetide Football
Held twice every year in a small village of Ashbourne, England, a game of Royal Shrovetide Football has only one official rule: no murdering—seriously. The game starts by throwing a football into a mob consisting of two teams—“The Up’Ards” and “Down’Ards”—whose sole aim is to get the ball to their respective goalposts: two big walls on either side of Ashbourne, separated by a three mile distance.
The game is played with a specially designed ball that does not break and floats in water, and there is no official playing area or a limit on the number of participants (even tourists can participate). The game ends when a player bangs the ball three times on the wall (or when someone dies, we presume).
Ultimate Taser Ball
You may wonder what’s so crazy about a game that involves throwing a gigantic ball into a net. Easy—just give all players Taser guns which they can fire on the player with the ball. Add to that freezing cold weather and a complete disregard for personal safety, you have a crazy sport on your hands.
Ultimate Taser Ball is mostly played exclusively in the US but is quickly gaining popularity in some European countries as well. However, the real winners in this sport are the good guys at the Taser Company—not to mention the PR guy who cooked up this idea.
Underwater Upside-down Hockey
You want to talk crazy hockey? Even underwater hockey, which is just hockey played inside a swimming pool, has some semblance of sanity. In the crazy sport of Underwater Upside-down Hockey, players with wet suits enter frozen (you heard that right) ponds or lakes and play upside down in order to use the frozen surface as the playing area to pass the puck.
That isn’t the craziest part, however; true enthusiasts even forgo breathing instruments. They keep swimming to the surface to draw breath, which temporarily gives opponents an upper hand—as though the underwater upside-down thing wasn’t enough.
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