Sports are one of the most popular pastimes in the world. There are a number of high profile competitions that are world famous, including the likes of the Olympics, soccer with the FIFA World Cup and the NFL with the Super Bowl. However, not all sports are all well known as these particular ones.
It is these more obscure sports that can often times be far more unique and shocking. Often, they will be events that go back in a country’s history, even as far back as ancient times, and have become strong traditions in their native lands. Here are 10 incredibly strange and baffling sports to get you wondering.
10. Ferret Legging | Odd Sports Events
riginating in Yorkshire of the United Kingdom, ferret legging is a sport whereby participants tie the bottom of their trousers as tightly as possible before putting two live ferrets into each leg and then tightening the belt to prevent the animals from escaping. The goal is then to stand in front of a judge and see how long you can keep the ferrets in your trousers, while they bite and claw you with their exceptionally sharp teeth.
9. Bossaball | Odd Sports
Bossaball is a unique sport that combines elements of volleyball, soccer and gymnastics. Using an inflatable court that has in-built trampolines, two teams of four or five players attempt to hit a ball over the net and land it on the ground of any part of the scoring part of the zone, while the opposition tries to prevent this from happening by returning the ball using volleys. Due to the fact that trampolining plays such an integral part of bossaball, the participants can reach heights of several meters when they are playing.
8. Chess Boxing | Odd Sport
Chess boxing is exactly what it sounds like. It was first conceived in a French comic by artist Enki Bilal, and was developed into an actual event by Iepe Rubingh, with the first chess boxing event taking place in Germany in 2003. The rules are fairly simple; the match consists of 6 rounds of chess and 5 rounds of boxing. Each round lasts three minutes, allowing multiple moves to be made on the chessboard each round. A game is won with a knockout, checkmate or if the opponent retires or takes too long to make a move.
7. Cheese Rolling | Odd Sport Event
Cheese rolling, officially known as Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake, is an annual event held in the United Kingdom at Cooper’s Hill. It takes place on the Spring Bank Holiday and has been a tradition for the nearby village of Brockworth, for hundreds of years. It is a simple sport in terms of rules. Players simply have to chase a round piece of cheese down the hill, with the first to catch it or cross the finish line winning the cheese.
6. Pumpkin Regatta | Odd Sports Events
The Windsor Pumpkin Regatta is a water race that takes place every year at Lake Pesaquid, in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Much like other races over water, the distance is relatively short at just 1 mile long, but what makes this particular event so shocking is the fact that it does not use boats but instead, large pumpkins. The giant pumpkins are carved out and are just big enough to fit a person in, as they attempt to finish first.
5. Buzkashi | Sports Events
Buzkashi is a brutal sport that is played predominantly in Asia and the Middle East, in countries such as Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. The rules are essentially a mix of polo and rugby, with riders mounted on horses attempting to carry or drag a dead goat or calf away from other competitors and into a scoring zone. Because it is played at such a high pace and as there are few rules governing aggression, for example, players can use whips to fend off opponents, it is incredibly dangerous.
Bo-taoshi is a sport distinct to Japan that is largely played in schools throughout the country. It is similar to capture-the-flag type games seen in the United States and Europe. What makes this particular game so unique though, is that it involves such a large number of players that take part. Each team that competes is made up of 75 individuals and the overall aim is for the attacking team to lower a large pole to the ground, while the defenders attempt to stop them.
3. Mountain Unicycling
Mountain biking is already a rather dangerous sport that involves competitors trying to race down rugged terrain in as fast a time as possible. The difficult routes and high speeds mean that injuries are common. However, some have taken the sport to another extreme completely, by ditching the traditional mountain bike and instead, choosing to travel the distance on a unicycle.
2. Shin Kicking
A very old sport that has seen a recent resurgence, shin kicking is a combat sport where two opponents attempt to kick each other in the lower leg until one of them submits while holding each other at the shoulders. Essentially, it tests both pain endurance and combat ability. In the past, combatants would use steel tipped shoes and no protection, however in modern times, those taking part are required to use soft shoes and pad their trouser legs with straw.
1. Kite Tubing
Tubing is a growing and highly dangerous sport that sees people attempt to ride at fast speeds on inner tubes across water. A new variant is known as kite tubing and involves a speedboat towing a tube at very high speed, leading to the person being pulled and the tube flying into the air, in much the same way as a kite. While tubing itself already poses many risks, this different version increases the danger by many degrees.