6 Strangest Sports Played Around The World
Sports have always been an essential part of defining the culture and traditions of different countries. People have developed several leisure activities through which a number of games have been recognized on national and international levels. But have you ever tried fighting a can of Kung Fu soup?
Here’s a list of sports from around the world that will make it difficult for you to accept they exist.
1. Wife Carrying in Finland
Wife carrying, sometimes known as wife running, or eukonkanto in Finnish, was invented in Sonkjarvi, Finland where the most famous competition, Wife Carrying World Championship is still held. Basically, the husbands participate in the obstacle course race carrying their wives on their shoulders. The female contestant is carried in many ways including; a fireman’s lift – over the shoulder, piggyback rides or Estonian style – female contender hanging upside down with legs around her husband’s shoulders.
The winners get beer equal to their wives’ weight and a cash reward that is five times that of their wives’ weight. Sounds good for an adventure with a reward at the end.
2. Zorbing from New Zealand
Originally located in Rotorua, New Zealand, Zorbing was invented in 1994 by Dwane van der Sluis and Andrew Akers. Zorb is a giant, inflatable, human-sized ball made of air-filled plastic layered two fold. The air in between the layers helps in providing safe cushioning to the participant inside. The riders are supposed to roll the ball either on land or water. Some zorbs are harnessed to control the movement while some are left to roll and toss around freely. Pretty fun experience that should be tried at least once on your next trip to New Zealand.
3. Yukigassen in Japan
Very interesting and somewhat nostalgic for people hailing from cold regions, Yukigassen is an extreme winter sport involving a giant snowball fight. Yukigassen is a Japanese term that literally means “snow fight” originated in Hokkaido, Japan. Every year, a number of countries like Australia, Canada, and Russia along with Finland arrange World Championships attracting a huge crowd for the show. The sport is played between two teams with 7 members each wearing helmets with face shields for safety purposes. Around 90 snowballs are made in advance and the real fun actually begins when the teams hit the court. Every time a player is hit with a snowball, they are eliminated from the lap.
4. Bossaball in Spain
Played internationally, Bossaball originated in Spain and appears to be a mishmash of soccer, gymnastics, volleyball, and Brazilian capoeira. The sport is not only fun to play, but it is also exciting to watch players performing aerial acrobatics bouncing around the court. Two trampolines are placed at the opposing sides of the net surrounded by an inflated surface. A member from each of the teams takes up the position on the trampolines, one of which is an attacker and the other acts as the goalkeeper. The attacker serves the ball and the opposing team has to return the ball back over the net with up to a maximum of 5 contacts.
5. Fireball Soccer from Indonesia
Taking rules and plot from the beautiful game of traditional soccer, some Indonesians invented an intriguing sport with a twist. A coconut is left to soak in gasoline for about a week to create a unique ball that is literally set on fire. To our surprise, the teams are supposed to play barefoot and heading the ball is rare (thank goodness). The teams compete to knock the ball into opposite nets just like the original sport is played. The championship is held in Indonesia once a year to celebrate the Islamic Festival of Ramadan.
6. Underwater Hockey in England
Another winter sport, underwater hockey is played somewhat like ice hockey. The difference is that it isn’t over the surface. Scuba divers equipped with fins, snorkel masks, and swimsuit participate in the game with the pot set on the opposite ends of the pool. Underwater hockey or Octopush was invented in Portsmouth in the 1950s and it has gained international recognition with World Championships held throughout the UK, South Africa, and Australia.
From ostrich races to dance of war, people around the world have invented interesting and extraordinarily unusual games to cure their boredom. While some of them sound too out there to participate in, we think giving adventure a chance once in a lifetime can be worth your while.
More in Life Style
Hailey and Justin Surprise Fans with Matching Wedding Rings, And You Won’t Believe How Much They Cost!
In June 2018, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin shocked the world when they reignited their romance, just weeks after the Canadian singer...October 23, 2022
Kelly’s Gloomy Financial Situation: One Bank Account Has a Reported -$13 Balance
‘90s kids would know who singer-songwriter R. Kelly is, he was extremely popular at the time, thanks to his undeniable talent...October 23, 2022
Kelly Clarkson’s Determination to Earning Money Is All the Motivation You Need Right Now
Before The Voice came out and took away a major part of its fan base, American Idol was the show that...October 23, 2022
7 Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Stress
Are you sometimes too stressed out to even think clearly and have no time for a therapy or to relax properly?...October 23, 2022
Celebrity Ventures That Surprised Everyone
Actors, writers, singers and TV stars are all famous in their world. On many occasions, they have ventured out into businesses...October 23, 2022
This Clever Plan Could Help Disney Dominate Netflix By 2020
In 2006, senior Disney executives predicted an enormous shift in the media industry. They predicted that the modern media would consist...October 22, 2022
David Beckham and Simon Fuller No Longer Business Partners! What Will Happen to the Beckham Brand?
More than two decades in doing what he does best, David Beckham announced that he was retiring from football at just...October 22, 2022
Jeff Bezos Might be a Multi-Billionaire, But He Refuses to Spend Because of This Surprising Reason
When you think about all that you would want to do if you had a billion dollars, we bet your list...October 22, 2022
Goodbye Cassini : Check Out The Grande Finale Of This 20-Year Space Journey
If you have been watching the news for the past couple of days, then you must have heard the name ‘Cassini’...October 22, 2022