What are the weirdest sports you have heard of?
Sports are played all around the world and are influenced by environment and culture. We have all played or at least heard of sports like soccer and basketball, but there are plenty of weird sports that you probably haven’t heard of. But across the globe, many sports are unique to the country only. While the outsiders of the country will find these curious sports very strange, many of the sports we are mentioning today are old and traditional ones. However, the list also includes weird modern-day sports.
Here are 10 of the strangest and curious sports that actually exist.
Tuk Tuk Polo
Tuk Tuk is popular means of sports in many parts of Asia. They incorporated it with Polo and hence the game Tuk Tuk Polo. The game is a newer one and came to life in 2016. The sport began as a replacement for a form of polo sport. The former version of Polo was played on elephant backs. The game takes place on a field suitable enough to ply a vehicle. There are two teams, and each group has players riding two Tuk Tuk, and there are goalposts on both ends of the field.
Kabaddi originated in ancient India and essentially consists of a game of tag and wrestling. In a game of Kabaddi, the “raider” will run across a center line that divides the two teams to tag a member of the opposite team before they return to their side. Seems simple right? Well, the “raider” must do all of this while they chant “Kabaddi” on their way back to their side. If they are able to do this, the “raider” will score a point for their team. On the other hand, if the defending team is able to stop a “raider” before they return to their side, they score a point for their team.
Many people have run marathons, but how many have run a race whilst carrying their wife. Wife-carrying originated in Finland and consists of a group of men that carry their female counterparts through a rouged obstacle course. The winner is the couple that can finish the race the fastest. Isn’t this one of the strangest and curious sports you have ever heard about?
It is one of the weirdest and most curious sports in our list. Zorbing consists of getting into an inflatable ball and hurtling yourself down a big hill until you come to a full stop. The ball is lined with a double-layer plastic and is inflated to ensure the person in the ball does not get injured. There is no competitive play to this ‘sport’ so it’s more of a fun activity.
This sport is every kid’s dream. Yukigassen, in a nutshell, is a giant snowball fight between two teams of 7 players. In order to win a game of Yukigassen, a team must capture the other team’s flag, eliminate each of the enemy players by hitting them with a snowball, or have the most amount of players on the field when time runs out.
Bossaball is one of the curious sports in our list and combines the movement of volleyball, football, and gymnastics. The game started in Spain, and the goal of the game is to get your ball over the net and onto the opponent’s side. The arena is similar to a bouncy castle with a net across the middle and two trampolines on either side of the net. Two players on the trampoline must hit the ball over to the other side, if the ball goes over the trampoline the defenders have 5 hits to return the ball over to the opponents side.
Probably one of the strangest and curious sports on our list, ferret-legging is a sport where one puts a live ferret down their pants. Whoever can keep the ferret in their pants the longest, wins!
Cheese rolling is an event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill in England. People who participate run down the 200-yeard-hill after a round wheel of Double Gloucester cheese. This race originated by locals but now has participants from all around the world.
Probably the most entertaining game to watch on this list, Bo-taoshi is a capture the flag-like game where players fight for a central point. In order to win a game of Bo-taoshi, your team must be able to lower the pole of the opposite team to a thirty-degree angle by climbing to the top. Defenders protect their pole from the rushing team by pushing and pulling on the enemy team!
This sport is a very unconventional version of volleyball, in fact, Sepak Takraw is also known as kick volleyball. It is played with a rattan (small plastic ball) and a net devising two sides of a court, similar to badminton.