We are all familiar with popular sports such as football and wrestling, but there are also strange sports that until we see them, we do not believe that such competitions are held in the world. Join us at the end of this article to introduce you to 26 of the strangest sports in the world, some of which are very interesting and some of which are silly and funny .
1. Bog Snorkelling
This sporting event is a 120-yard (approximately 110-meter) swimming competition in a ravine in the middle of a meadow or swamp ground. In this sport , you are only allowed to walk and there are no normal swimming movements . The sport began after a conversation at the bar and has been held annually in Wales since 1985.
Basketball is a combination of volleyball, football and gymnastics with Brazilian music, capoeira and coastal culture. The game, which originated in Spain, was first played in 2005. In basketball, two four-person teams compete on a wind turbine and a trampoline.
Filip Eyckmans, a former Belgian tennis player who became interested in football, invented the game after a trip to Brazil while living in Spain. He wanted to portray Brazil’s coastal climate with sporty elegance and physical skills. Currently, basketball is played in more than 20 countries on 4 continents.
3. Cheese Rolling
This small local event in Gloucester, England has gained international fame due to its high speed, severity and number of injuries. This game was first played in the 15th century and has simple rules. Participants follow a piece of round glazed cheese that rolls down the hill, and the first person to reach down and grab the cheese wins.
3 to 4 kg of cheese rolling down from the top of Cooper Hill can reach speeds of up to 112 km / h. This annual event was held at the end of May for local people only. But now people from all over the world are competing.
4. A wave of dogs
Dog surfing began in California and Hawaii in the 1920s and became a popular pastime . In this race, dogs can ride alone or with their owner.
Some stray dogs have become stars and appear in movies , TV shows, magazines and newspapers. Dogs were so good at surfing that humans decided to run competitions and judge their skills based on balance, wave size and wavelength.
5. Throw eggs
According to the World Egg Throwing Federation, the game began in the 14th century. The English monk was the only person in the village who had a chicken. He gave people 1 egg to encourage them to attend church. When the floodwaters prevented people from attending church, the monks threw eggs at them, and the game took shape.
Since then, people from all over the world have been competing in egg-laying competitions for fun, show off and cash prizes. In 1978, a Texas man set a world record by throwing 98.51 meters. This record was not broken until 1999. Guinness World Records stopped recording this year. Currently, the World Egg Throwing Federation sets world records. The longest current distance is 71.2 meters, which was registered in 2013 as 2 Irish.
6. Extreme Ironing
Originally from Yorkshire Dale National Park, England, this bizarre sport was first practiced in the 1980s. This game is played individually or as a team, and is considered to be partly an art of performance and partly an adventure, because people iron their shirts in different places and in silly ways.
The idea arose when an Englishman, influenced by his brother, who ironed clothes on camping trips, decided to iron clothes in strange places, such as the airport, on telephone booths, and on top of a mountain. What was initially just a joke became very interesting by making a documentary about the first World Ironing Championship in difficult conditions. Ironing under difficult conditions has given rise to other strange ideas, such as playing the cello in extreme conditions (extreme cello playing).
Slapping is nothing new, but the slapping contest is a new and strange phenomenon. This competition originates from Russia and was held for the first time in 2018. In this match, two men take turns slapping each other until one of them surrenders or falls to the ground.
8. Far Leaping
Some of the strangest sports in the world are formed by chance, or both, due to need. Long jump or long distance javelin is also one of these sports. The Netherlands is below sea level and has many waterways. The people of the Dutch province of Friesland used this method to cross waterways.
In 1771, they turned this method of crossing waterways into an informal race. Almost 200 years later, the sport was organized and championships, leagues and clubs were formed. Today, thanks to international tourism, the sport has spread beyond the borders of the Netherlands .
9. Riding a kayak with a giant pumpkin
The sport originated in the province of Nova Scotia in Canada and was first practiced in 1999. To do this, you need a giant pumpkin and a kayak paddle. First you have to empty the 450 kg pumpkin inside. Then you have to put the pumpkin in the water to make sure it floats. Finally, you ride a pumpkin and paddle.
Pumpkin kayaking requires practice and is not an easy task. In addition to Nova Scotia, the tournament is also held in Vermont, Oregon and Maine.
It is native to India and was first performed in 1923. This sport is a combination of wrestling, air-conditioning and breath-taking. Some claim that the Buddha also made this game fun!
In this game, 2 teams of 7 people compete with each other. The attacking player must touch the players of the opposing team in one breath as much as he can.
Liver is a national sport of Bangladesh and Nepal and is taught in schools at an early age. Liver popularity is so high in these countries that some kids want to play in the professional league and its big competitions.
12. Sepak Takraw or foot volleyball
Spektakra means play volleyball without hands and touch the ball only with your legs, knees, chest and head. The sport began in Malaysia in the 15th century and is still popular in Malaysia and throughout Southeast Asia.
13. Racing on a lawn mower
Lawn mower racing is one of the strangest sports in the world that people of all ages can participate in and the speed of the participants reaches more than 48 kilometers per hour. This race has been a tradition in the United States for decades. In 1963, Indiana started the annual Fourth of July. North Carolina, Missouri and New Mexico also host regular competitions.
Lawn mower racing is not only popular in the United States. Britain also held its first competition in 1968. The British Lawn Mower Association (BLMRA) was also formed in 1973 and has several speed or endurance racing clubs. Australia has also had a lawnmower competition since 1978, and its first national competition was held in 2009.
14. Human marathon against horse
In this marathon, 22 miles (35.39 km) per year, a man competes against a horse, and often the horse wins. Of course, in the 35 races that have been held so far, 2 people have been able to surpass their four-legged rival.
The first match was played in Wales in 1980 after an argument in a pub. The pub owner, Gordon Green, wanted to prove that long distances equate human ability with horses. In the 25th edition of the competition in 2004, this claim was proved true, because for the first time a man on foot was able to defeat a horse. Other marathons between humans and horses are held in Scotland and New Zealand.
The approximate translation of Batavashi is “Lower the wooden beam”. The Japanese military invented the game as a training exercise. The game is now being played at the Japan National Defense Academy.
In this game, two teams of 150 or 75 people compete with each other. Each team tries to take a wooden pole about 4 meters out of the opponent’s team and lower it to a 30 degree angle.
One day in the 1970s, some Swedes thought that if horses could compete in hurdles, so could rabbits. So they created pitfalls for rabbits, set rules, and held the first national championship in 1987. The Swedish Rabbit Jumping Federation (SKHRF) was formed seven years later, and it was not long before Germany, Norway, Finland and even the United States established rabbit jumping clubs.
17. Shin Kicking
Originally from England, the sport was first practiced in 1612. As the name implies, rivals stand facing each other and hit each other on the leg. Winning this game depends on the correct timing and kicking to the right place of the opponent’s leg. By learning the proper technique, anyone can become a professional in kicking the leg.
18. Toe Wrestling
In 1974, four friends in Staffordshire, England, invented toe knuckles. One of these 4 people became the first champion and repeated this championship. But another Canadian won the championship and the sport was closed. The sport is now being revived with the World Wrestling Championships.
In this match, 2 competitors lock their toes together and try to put the other opponent to sleep.
19. Underwater hockey
Underwater hockey began in 1954 when the founder of a diving club in England decided to entertain its members in the winter. In underwater hockey, participants hold their breath and try to direct the hockey ball towards the opponent’s goal on the floor of the pool.
In 1980, Canada hosted the first World Underwater Hockey Championship. Interest in the game has spread to South Africa, Australia and the Philippines, and it is now popular in many countries, including the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States.
20. Unicycle Polo
The sport of single-wheel polo began in 1925 in Germany. Lacrosse itself is an expensive sport because horses are expensive, but one-wheeled or single-wheeled is much cheaper. The biggest obstacles to playing this game are learning to ride a bike and finding land or parking as a playground. In this game, the same rules of polo are applied.
If you want to play another game with single wheels, you can go for single wheel hockey. You just have to use a hockey stick instead of a polo stick.
21. Urban Golf
Urban golf, like golf, began hundreds of years ago in Scotland. The first city golf course is said to have been outside an inn in Edinburgh.
This game is similar to regular golf, except that you play it in an urban environment such as an industrial site, school or even the street. Players use standard golf clubs and aim tennis balls, squash or other non-destructive balls. Only real golf balls are used when safety has been observed.
22. Wife Carrying Contest
In this competition, two-person teams, including a man and his wife, compete with each other, and the team that reaches the finish line sooner wins. Participants must cross 2 dry routes and 1 water route. The woman must weigh at least 49 kg, otherwise weight will be added to her.
The World Wife Carriage Championships started in 1992 in Finland. The winner of this contest gets as much beer as his wife. The tournament is now being held in the United States, Hong Kong, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Zurbing is one of the strangest sports in the world that started in 1994 in New Zealand. People are placed in a clear plastic enclosure and rolled down a hill. This game can also be played on water and smooth surfaces.
24. Jumping on camels
This ancient Yemeni sport has seen a rebirth as professional players from the Zaraniq tribe in western Yemen try to jump on as many camels as possible using their speed and strength. The People’s Foundation for Ethics Against Animals (PETA) has not yet approved the sport.
25. Boxing chess
Boxing is the result of combining a mind game with a sport that often results in a head injury. In this international sport, competitors compete in alternating rounds of chess and boxing.
In this game, 2 teams ride on their brooms, for example, around the flight and try to throw the ball into the opponent’s ring. This game is named after the Harry Potter series, so magic and sorcery are allowed in this game!
Some of the strangest sports in the world are exciting and interesting, and some are silly and funny. what is your opinion? Which of these sports would you like to try?