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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.
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.
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.
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,
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