Sure we all watch sports, like baseball or basketball, you may even practice a sport. Football and basketball are big sports in the United States. But different countries around the world have their own national sport or people just practice some unusual sport. The list below shows 20 unusual sports practiced in different countries.
What do you get when you combine a brain exercising sport with a brain damaging one? Chess Boxing of course! The sport popular in Berlin and London is rather young one, with it’s first event being organized in 2003 by Dutch artist Iepe Rubing. The game consists of 6 round of chess and 5 rounds of boxing, competitors can win by winning the chess game, by knocking the opponent or by decision at the end.
Shin-kicking is described as an English martial arts, played by two contestants. The only point of the sport is to kick your opponent so hard with your shin, so they will either fall to the ground or you can throw him to the ground.
Zorbing is something most pet hamsters love doing. The human performance of the sport was originated in new Zeeland where someone thought it was a good idea to go down a slope in a big ball. It is described as the sport of rolling down hill inside a giant inflatable ball/orb. There are two types of orbs, non-harnessed type that can fit up to three riders and harnessed orbs that can fit up to two riders.
Catfish grabbing, also known as noodling is the art of fishing with bare hands. It is primarily practiced in the Southern States of the United States. Contestants jump in the water and try to catch a catfish with their hands.
Underwater Rugby is as the name says, playing rugby underwater in a pool to be exact. The steel goals are placed at the bottom of the pool on each side. 6 players play underwater with a ball filled with water against other 6 players. During the game their are 6 players who can be substituted at any time standing on the side. The players have to wear snorkels, a diving mask and fins. The game starts with each team on their respective end of teh pool with one hand on the wall, and the ball is on the bottom in the middle of the pool.
The sport was invented in Llanwrtyd Wells, as they say, “Brittain’s smalles town” and a championship is held there every year. It is actually a dirty sport, because contestants need to snorkel two lengths of a specially dug out, 60 yd trench in a peat bog. Only the flippers should be used, as conventional swimming strokes are not allowed.
Sepal Takraw is said to be created by the Malaysian Royal Family, about 500 years ago. Teh name comes from two languages, Sepak is kick in Malay and Takraw is ball in Thai. The game is played like volleyball, even though no hands are allowed. It looks like some crazy martial arts ball kicking fest. Each player may kick the ball only once before it goes over the net. The team that wins 2 sets of 3 first wins.
The sport which is said to start as a joke in Finland is becoming more popular. The objective is for a male players to race while carrying their wife or a female teammate on their back. The race takes place on a special obstacle course.
The sport of bed racing originated in 1965 in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire Town. The first race was only open to Army, Navy and American Marines, but nowadays it’s open to everyone. Teams consists of 6 players, one of them lies on the bed, while the others push the bed forward the 3 km race. Each years there will be a different theme and beds must be decorated in the year’s theme. Each team must provide their own bed, decorated in the theme for the year. The bed runs on four wheels, but also need to be able to float. The 3km run race begins and ends at Conyngham Hall. About halfway through the run, the teams face the one-in-five gradient climb to Castle Top before it’s back down the hill and toward the final challenge – crossing a river.