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Weird sports from around the world

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by ConsultaPanel Team, 31 Aug 2011


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1. Shin Kicking

As the name suggests, the point of this game is to kick your opponent in the shin. This sport is part of the Cotswold Games (a four hundred year-old tournament that claims to be the oldest Olympiad in the world). Watch an official shin kicking competition on YouTube.

2. Chessboxing

Yes – this is a real sport, and there’s even an international organisation for it. Chessboxing combines brains and brawling (in other words – ‘boxing and chess’) in alternating rounds. A chessboxing match consists of up to 11 alternating rounds of boxing and chess. There have been 10 international chessboxing tournaments since 2008.

3. Bog Snorkelling

This sport gets competitors snorkeling in a murky, muddy, sludge-filled river. The sport dates back to 1976 and is the brainchild of a random bar conversation between two guys. For the past 20 years, Wales has been host to the International Extreme Bog Snorkelling Championships (and the winner is entered in the Guinness Book of Records).  It’s legit.

4. Cheese Rolling

After reading over the rules, our understanding of the game is that a round of cheese gets thrown down the hill, and competitors will then start chasing after their piece of cheese. The competitors need to catch the cheese (which is picking up pace) before it gets to the bottom. Apparently the cheese reaches speeds of up to 120km per hour, so it’s not a walk in the park.

5. Bossaball

This sport combines volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, football and capoeira (a Brazilian martial art form that you may or may not remember from playing the Tekken video game) and it’s played on an inflatable volleyball court (which is basically a jumping castle without a roof). Check out this bossaball video – we need this in South Africa!

Sources: www.dirjournal.com; www.cracked.com; blogs.iguides.org, blog.icepick.co.za

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